The LSAT Change
To get into law school, people must take a fun test called the LSAT. Sometimes people have a bad day and want to take the test over again. But there used to be a problem. A student’s LSAT scores would be averaged, so even if the student aced the test the next time, her score would still be dragged down by the one bad testing day. Since LSAT scores are such a critical component of law school admissions, this would affect the student’s abilty to get into law school.
As Paul Caron reports, the ABA is now changing the rule that law schools must report the average LSAT score for each student. Now, law schools can report the highest LSAT score for each student. Since people can’t take more than three LSATs in a two-year period, this limits people from trying to take the LSAT zillions of times in the hopes of striking it lucky.
I think that this is a terrific policy change. I never understood the rationale for using the average score except to prevent people from taking the test too many times. But that’s solved by the limit in the number of tests people can take. What this means is that students who have a bad day at the LSAT aren’t forever held back by it in their careers. This is a welcome change.