The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is currently offered four times each year usually in early October, early December, mid-February and mid-June. The specific testing dates and the cost for the current year LSAT exam can be found at Law Services Admissions Council.
The LSAT exam score and academic record earned by each applicant are clearly the main criteria for law school admission and for that reason, the LSAT should not be taken lightly.
Applicants should be adequately prepared for the exam. Plan to prepare and take the LSAT once, since most schools average multiple scores, unlike the SATs where many schools use the highest score. Prep courses are expensive; however, they appear more reasonable when you spread these costs over your lifetime earnings as an attorney. If you can earn 5-8 more points on the LSAT it may have a huge effect on the law school you will be accepted to. The school you attend will likely have a big effect on your starting salary upon graduation.
Registering for the LSAT
If you plan to register for the LSAT by mail, registration materials are available in the racks outside the prelaw office in Stein Hall 501 or in the racks in the Center for Career Development in the Hogan Campus Center.
Once the registration forms are completed, mail them in with the required fees. If you wish to register via the internet, contact Law Services Admissions Counsel.
You can register for LSDAS at the same time if you wish. LSDAS is short for the Law School Data Assembly Service, a service provided to the law schools by LSAC. Essentially, you forward an official copy of your transcript from the Holy Cross Registrar’s Office to LSDAS, where it is analyzed and evaluated. Your GPA is then recomputed with rules that make transcripts and GPA calculations consistent from school to school (quarters/trimesters/semesters: different value scales are brought in line with 4.0, etc.)
My understanding is that they count all course work in the Law School Credential Assembly Service GPA except four types; they exclude physical education grades, ROTC grades, performance art courses (pottery, oil painting) and performance music (choir, learning to play the guitar). All other courses count in the LSDAS GPA. Note that although Holy Cross may not include study abroad or summer school grades in your grade point average, LSDAS does.
On-Campus LSAT Materials and LSAT Course
We offer materials to assist students with the LSAT. We have a contract with one of the leading LSAT test preparation services where they provide our students an on-campus course with a material price discount and financial aid to students receiving aid from the college. As a result, we believe more of our students are prepared for taking this difficult exam.