What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required of all applicants to the University of Idaho College of Law. The exam provides a standard measure of analytical and logical reasoning skills and is used as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations around the world. For more information, please visit www.LSAC.org.
What is the CAS?
The Creditial Assembly Service collects your transcripts (in order to calculate your GPA) and letters of reccomendation on behalf of law schools. Upon receipt of an application, the admissions office requests your CAS report. The CAS report includes your grades and transcripts, LSAT scores, and letters of recommendation. No admission decisions will be made until the CAS report is received.
To register for the LSAT and subscribe to the CAS, please contact:
Law School Admissions Council
When should applicants take the LSAT?
Applicants are encouraged to take the June or October LSAT the year before they want to start law school. Scores from the December exam will be ready before our deadline, but could result in your application being reviewed towards the end of the process. This increases the risk that the class will be filled and all scholarship money will have been awarded.
What about the February LSAT?
We do not recommend applicants take the February LSAT in the year that they wish to start law school (e.g. February 2009 exam if you want to start law school in fall of 2009). Taking this exam will result in your file being completed in mid-March at the earliest. By this time, the vast majority of admissions decisions have been made, which severely reduces an applicant's chances of acceptance. We will accept applications from those who take the LSAT for the first time in February, but applicants should be aware that doing so could negatively affect their likelihood of acceptance. Such applicants still must submit their applications before the February 15 deadline.
How does Idaho use the LSAT in the Admissions Process?
At Idaho, the LSAT is a very important part of the application review process but the final decision of the Admissions Committee is based upon several factors. This includes not only the LSAT, but also undergraduate academic performance, graduate work, the personal statement, prior work experience, personal experiences, and volunteer, community, and extra-curricular activities.
Do I have to subscribe to the CAS service?
Yes, we require a CAS report for all applicants.
If I take the LSAT more than once, which score will you look at?
We use the highest score for all statistics and reporting. However, the Admissions Committee may put more emphasis on the most recent score if a significant amount of time has elapsed between scores.
Will you accept an LSAT score from 5 or more years ago?