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The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is designed to measure some of the mental qualities (analytical thinking, problem solving ability, ability to perform under pressure) that are important to successful law study and typically provides a reasonable assessment of these factors. Standing alone, the LSAT provides only a partial evaluation of anyone's qualifications for law study. But when combined with other assessments, the LSAT is helpful in assessing individual promise and in making comparisons among those who compete for admission.
The LSAT is required of all applicants.
The test needs be taken only once. If you have taken it within five years of the fall semester to which you apply, you do not need to repeat the test. If you take the test more than once, all scores and their average will be reported and taken into account. For applicants to the class entering in 2014, we will accept scores taken on or after October, 2008.
While important, the LSAT alone is not determinative of an admissions decision. We do not use a "cut-off" score. All completed applications are read and considered in their entirety with the LSAT as one factor in an overall assessment of academic promise, personal achievement, and potential contribution to the vitality of the student body.
We recommend that you take the LSAT after your junior year in college, preferably at the June, October or December administration. Results of the December test will be received prior to the February 1 application deadline. However, results of the February test normally cannot be considered in the selection process for that year's entering class. You should register early to take the LSAT. Special arrangements must be made for foreign or accommodated test administrations.
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