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LSAT & LSDAS
Since the LSAT is a very important factor in admissions decisions, preparing in advance for it is crucial. Most students start preparing for the LSAT at least 4-6 weeks prior to their test date. People prepare in different ways, depending on the manner in which they learn best and their financial situation. The LSAC does not recommend students enroll in a particular review course, or even that a course be taken. This is an individual matter. Many take a review course; others do not. There is extensive study material provided through www.lsac.org including suggested approaches to questions, explanations, and LSAT Prep Tests.
All law schools approved by the American Bar Association require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a 3.5 hour standardized test. Law schools use the LSAT score as an integral part of the application, weighting it either equal to or heavier than cumulative GPA. Comprehensive information regarding the LSAT exam, its components, and scores can be located at: http://www.lsac.org/
Oregon State University students are recommended to take the LSAT exam in October of their fourth (or senior) year. This test date is very amenable to the quarter-based academic calendar and allows students to retake the exam the following February if necessary. Please note: students are encouraged to take the LSAT once if possible. Many schools will average multiple scores and/or only take the second score if it is significantly higher than the first. Prepare for the exam and do well on it the first time.
Register for the LSAT online at www.lsac.org
LSDAS stands for Law School Data Assembly Service. It is a service administered by the Law School Admission Council (the same organization that administers the LSAT) that standardizes your grades and sends them as a part of a report to the law schools you want to attend. Almost all American Bar Association approved law schools require applicants to use the LSDAS. Your LDSAS subscription is good for 12 months, so sign up for it just in advance of the time period in which you will apply to law schools.
Sign up for LSDAS at www.lsac.org
The LSDAS report
The LSDAS facilitates the law school admissions process by compiling and disseminating most parts of the law school admission application. The LSDAS report contains:
- LSAT scores and writing sample
- LSDAS GPA
- Copies of all transcript(s), including all undergraduate coursework taken at other institutions
- Copies of letters or recommendation processed by the LSDAS
What is a LSDAS GPA?
Because of the wide range of grading systems used by US colleges and universities, the LSDAS converts records into a standard format. Your LSDAS GPA may be different from your OSU GPA especially if you took classes at other colleges or universities.