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The Law School Admissions Test. Tamika Butler. The Scenario. Stacy Great Student Leader On Campus Took Some Time Off to Garner Experience Tested Before. What Is My Test?. Law School Admission Test Law School Admissions Council American Bar Association. What Does It Measure?.

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The law school admissions test

The Law School Admissions Test

Tamika Butler


The scenario

The Scenario

  • Stacy

  • Great Student

  • Leader On Campus

  • Took Some Time Off to Garner Experience

  • Tested Before


What is my test

What Is My Test?

  • Law School Admission Test

  • Law School Admissions Council

  • American Bar Association


What does it measure

What Does It Measure?

  • Law school applicant’s acquired reasoning and verbal reasoning skills

  • Some, but not all of an individual’s mental and academic potential to be a successful student in law school


How is it structured

How Is It Structured?

  • Five Sections and Writing

    • Logical Reasoning (x2)

    • Logic Games (Analytical Reasoning)

    • Reading Comprehension

    • Extra Section

    • Writing Section

  • Scored


Scaled scores

Scaled Scores


Differences

Differences

  • Gender

    • Wightman (1998)

  • Race

    • O’Brien (2005)

      • DeFundis

  • SES


Predictive value

Predictive Value

  • First Year Experience

    • Grades

    • Stress

    • Social Life

    • Competition

    • Sheehy & Horan

      (2004)


How is it used

How Is It Used?

  • Admissions

    • Interviews

    • GPA

    • Involvement

    • Personal Statement

    • Letter of Recommendation

    • LSAT

    • Affirmative Action


References

References

  • Alexander, R. A., Alliger, G. M., Carson, K. P., & Cronshaw, S. F. (1989). Empirical distributions of range restricted SDx in validity studies. Journal of Applied Psychology, 74, 253-258.

  • Deary, I. J. (2001). Intelligence: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Law School Admissions Council (2005). About the LSAT. Retrieved from http://www.lsac.org.

  • O’Brien, D. M. (2005). Constitutional law and politics: Civil rights and civil liberties. WW & Norton Company: New York.

  • Sheehy, R. & Horan, J. J. (2004). Effects of stress inoculation training for 1st-year law students. International Journals of Stress Management, 11, 41-55.

  • Wainer, H. (1995). Precision and differential item function on a testlet-based test: The 1991 law school admissions test as an example. Applied Measurement in Education, 8, 157-186.

  • Wightman, L. F. (1998). An examination of sex difference in LSAT scores from the perspective of social consequences. Applied Measurement in Education, 11, 255-277.

  • http://www.powerscore.com/lsat/help/scale.htm

  • http://www.getprepped.com/sample.html


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