The LSAT Myth

20 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 393

26 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2016

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Jeffrey Kinsler

Belmont University - College of Law

Date Written: 2001


Predicting which students will perform well in law school may seem like an impossible task, but law schools endeavor to do so everyday, and the primary tool they use to make such predictions is the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a standardized, 101-question multiple-choice examination. This article explores whether the LSAT warrants such prominence. Using statistical and anecdotal evidence, this article analyzes recent graduates of Marquette University Law School (MULS) to ascertain whether: (1) the LSAT is a valid predictor of three-year performance in law school; (2) the LSAT is a better predictor of law school performance than the UGPA or the reputation of the applicant's undergraduate institution; (3) an applicant's undergraduate major is useful in predicting law school performance; and (4) an applicant's age at the time of entry into law school is a valid predictor of law school performance.

Keywords: Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Law School Performance

Suggested Citation

Kinsler, Jeffrey, The LSAT Myth (2001). 20 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 393. Available at SSRN:

Jeffrey Kinsler (Contact Author)

Belmont University - College of Law ( email )

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

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