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1 LSAC UPDATE 2012 PLANC NATIONAL CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, DC

2 TOPICS Online Services Simulation Site LSAC International Initiatives Applicant Study Forums Electronic letters of recommendation Statement Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices LSAT score cancel codes ABA/LSAC Official Guide

3 TOPICS Dean’s Certification=LOR-type Document Test administration policies Test Prep E-books LSAC National Recruitment Work Group Financial Aid Advisory Group ABA/LSAC Official Guide Fee Waiver Report New paper documents policy

4 APPLICANT STUDY Last study was 2006 Effort to assist law schools in reaching out to applicants What do applicants want? What kind of information do applicants need? Different formats for communication Heightened concern about cost, debt 10,000 applicants for Fall 2011 Factors that influenced where to apply Types of outreach from schools Consulting with prelaw advisors, family, friends

5 APPLICANT STUDY Rankings Job market projections Schools’ job placement Phase II Applicants admitted to at least two schools Conducted by telephone Questions directed at choice among law school offers Similar content Tracking trends from previous studies Expect changes based on communication formats

6 FORUMS Financial Aid Consultant Change in hours to 11:00-4:00 to visit with schools Two hours of workshops prior to forum—9:00-11:00 Three summer workshops in 2012 Washington, Chicago, Oakland Revisiting this format for future years Boston converting to mini-forum in 2013 LSAC arranges meeting space, drayage Schools pay for travel, hotel No pre-registration or post forum outreach through LSAC Minimize cost, offered during weekdays

7 FORUMS No workshops Cities with applicant volume too small for forum Denver will be test market in 2013 Law school panelists must complete training Law school career service director will participate Provide context for What Do Lawyers Do? Panel Continuing Application Process, Paying for Law School Diversity Issues, Forum 101 Continuing Toronto forum

8 LSAC NATIONAL RECRUITMENT SUBCOMMITTEE Meets annually One representative from each APLA One representative from a law school in each APLA region Coordinate national recruiting calendar Discuss all issues related to law school recruiting Report back to APLAs Goal is to maximize applicants meeting law school reps Minimize cost and travel time for law schools

9 LSAC NATIONAL RECRUITMENT SUBCOMMITTEE Current members: NAPLA—Heather Struck, Joe Campion MAPLA—Gwyn Wallender, Pam Bloomquist SAPLA—Rodia Vance, Dexter Smith SWAPLA—Gary Keith, Jamie Dillon WAPLA—Verlaine Walker, Cristina Arteaga PCAPLA—Precious Robinson, Sharon Pinkney S&P Chair, Sandy Williams

10 FINANCIAL AID ADVISORY GROUP Law school experts on financial aid Review and revise LSAC website materials Revise LSAC brochures for applicants related to paying for law school Conduct training for admission professionals Monitor legislation

11 NEW LSAC CANCEL CODES Cancel Code Descriptions—will display on the back of Candidate Item Response Reports Alpha Symbols (new) Security Cancel—score cancellation by LSAC following a security or irregularities investigation. S replaces * (asterisk) Absent or Delay—candidate is absent or there is a delay in the reporting of the score. A replaces - (dash) Candidate Cancel—score cancellation at the request of the test taker C replaces / (slash) LSAC Cancel—score cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of the candidate. LSAC determined it impossible to obtain a valid score (example—LSAC cancellation resulting from a badly printed test book or non-receipt of test materials after the test has been administered. N replaces + (plus) Accommodated Cancellation—score cancellation at the request of the test taker C replaces / (slash)

12 NEW LSAC CANCEL CODES CONTINUED Cancel Code Descriptions—will display on the back of Candidate Item Response Reports Alpha Symbols (new) Other Test Center Violations—score cancellation by LSAC. Test taker was dismissed from the test due to a violation of the test center procedures, not involving a prohibited electronic device. For example, test taker observed working in the wrong test section or continuing to work on a section after time has been called. V (New) Possession of Prohibited Electronic Device—score cancellation based on possession of a prohibited electronic devise at a test center. P (New) Statistical Cancel—for statistical reasons, the score cannot be reported. I (New)

13 NEW BANNER PAGE

14 PAPER DOCUMENTS FOR ONLINE ACCOUNTS More than 98% of candidates have online accounts Candidates have the option to receive paper copies LSAT disclosure materials LSAT score reports, admission tickets Additional fee of $25.00 March 2013, that option no longer available Candidates who have no online access Paper will be provided in those rare cases

15 DEAN’S CERTIFICATION DOCUMENT Burden for undergraduate schools Regular updates required Law schools have different forms Request LSAC create LOR-type process Usage will be optional for law schools Applicants submits one form to college/university Completed by appropriate official and sent to LSAC Applicant assigns the document to schools that require the form

16 DEAN’S CERTIFICATION DOCUMENT Applicant responsible for updating any change through questions on the law school application form about character and fitness—requires updates as necessary Despite parallels with LOR, complicated process for LSAC Schedule for release in August 2014

17 ABA/LSAC OFFICIAL GUIDE No hard copy after 2013 edition Front matter on LSAC.org UGPA-LSAT search retained Still in talks with ABA about content

18 LSAC SERVICES FEE WAIVERS Fee waiver applications down 9% 99% online Approved waivers= 59% Denied applications=41% Waiver appeals, 44% approved Related primarily to income changes 62% of approved waivers are women Total commitment approximately $3.2 million

19 STATEMENT OF GOOD ADMISSION PRACTICES Set of guidelines used by all schools Available on LSAC.org Sent to every applicant who registers for CAS Responsibilities of both schools and applicants Applicants should be aware of the Statement Common commitment deadline, for example Revised by Services and Programs Committee Highlight for prelaw candidates

20 E-PREPTESTS Coming this summer to Amazon.com, iTunes, and the Barnes and Noble Nook store.

21 LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL ELECTRONIC LORS (E-LORS) PROTOTYPE 02/23/2012

22 IN THE LSAC ONLINE CANDIDATE ACCOUNT, CANDIDATES CAN CREATE EVALUATORS AND RECOMMENDERS AS THEY DO TODAY …

23 …AND MANAGE THEIR INFORMATION

24 IN ADDITION TO THE TRADITIONAL PAPER, CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEND AN REQUEST FOR A LOR

25 SIMILAR TO EVALUATIONS (DEPICTED BELOW), CANDIDATES WILL CHOOSE TO WAIVE OR NOT WAIVE THEIR ACCESS RIGHT ONLINE, NOT ON PAPER

26 SIMILAR TO EVALUATIONS, CANDIDATES WILL VERIFY THE RECOMMENDER AND RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION BEFORE REQUESTING THROUGH

27 Similar to Evaluations (depicted below), an will be sent to the recommender requesting the LOR containing a Recommendation ID and URL link In addition, the request will have the LOR Request Form attached to it

28 The candidate can request the recommendation from the recommender in two ways… 1.Through the traditional Request Form that is printed and delivered to the recommender 2.By ing the recommender a request (through LSAC’s website) with the Request Form attached Regardless of how the recommender received the recommendation request, the recommender can complete the recommendation in 2 ways… 1.Print the paper LOR and attach to the Request Form that was received (either in paper or as an attachment in an ) and mail it to LSAC 2.Go to the Assessment Website and complete the E-LOR online

29 LSAC ONLINE ASSESSMENT SITE The Evaluation Website will be modified to include the E-LORs. The new site is known as the

30 RECOMMENDER WILL LOGIN OR CREATE AN ACCOUNT…

31 USE UNIQUE ID LOCATED ON REQUEST FORM AND IN THE TO ADD CANDIDATE TO YOUR ACCOUNT…

32 …ENTER IT HERE

33 AFTER ACCOUNT IS CREATED AND CANDIDATE ADDED TO THE RECOMMENDER/EVALUATOR’S ACCOUNT, THERE ARE JUST 3 STEPS TO SUBMIT AN LOR…

34 STEP 1 – UPLOAD LOR

35 STEP 2 – VERIFY INFORMATION

36 STEP 3 – PREVIEW AND SUBMIT RECOMMENDER MUST PREVIEW THE LOR BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO SUBMIT

37 STEP 3 – PREVIEW AND SUBMIT PREVIEWING WILL OPEN THE LOR IN A NEW WINDOW

38 STEP 3 – PREVIEW AND SUBMIT ONCE THE LOR IS PREVIEWED, THE RECOMMENDER MUST CHECK A CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

39 AFTER LOR IS SUBMITTED, THE RECOMMENDER MAY VIEW, EDIT OR RESCIND THE LOR BY ACCESSING THEIR ACCOUNT

40 LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO AVOID BEING DENIED ADMISSION TO THE LSAT

41 Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.41 DISCUSSION POINTS There are several things that LSAT candidates can do to meet the requirements for admission to take the LSAT. Register by the deadline Confirm that the LSAC ID requirements are met Obtain the required passport-type photograph Do not bring any prohibited items to the test Electronic devices (including cell phones) Other prohibited items Locate test center location and report on-time Print Admission Ticket upon registration and confirm the reporting address AGAIN the evening before the test

42 REGISTER BY THE DEADLINE Deadlines are listed at LSAC.org and also display in the online registration process.  Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.42

43 CONFIRM THAT THE LSAC ID REQUIREMENTS ARE MET Registrants are denied testing if they report to the test center without acceptable ID Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.43

44 CONFIRM THAT THE LSAC ID REQUIREMENTS ARE MET Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.44 Acceptable common forms of ID include, but are not limited to: Passport book or Passport card Driver’s license State or province-issued ID card (non-driver license) US military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC) US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) Canadian Permanent Resident Card National ID card Consular ID card Canadian healthcare benefit card

45 TO BE ACCEPTABLE THE ID MUST: be government issued contain a recent and recognizable photo display the registrant’s first and last name display the date of birth be current ( or has not expired within 90 days of the test ) The first and last name on the ID must match EXACTLY the first and last name on the LSAT Admission Ticket.

46 OBTAIN THE REQUIRED PASSPORT-TYPE PHOTOGRAPH Requirements: a recent passport-type photograph (taken within the last six months) showing only the registrant’s face and shoulders. must be clear enough so that there is no doubt about the registrant’s identity must be no larger than 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) and no smaller than 1 x 1 inch (3 x 3 cm) the registrant’s face in the photo must show him/her as they look on the day of the test. LSAC provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos at LSAC.org Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.46

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48 REQUIREMENTS.ASP Examples of Unacceptable Photographs:

49 DO NOT BRING ANY ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO THE TEST: cell phones electronic timers of any kind beeping watches, alarm watches, calculator watches personal computers personal digital assistants (PDAs), beepers, pagers, calculators, headsets, ipods, photographic or recording devices, listening devices any other media or electronic device of any kind Possession of an electronic device at a test center is grounds for dismissal and cancellation of the score. Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.49

50 DO NOT BRING ANY OTHER PROHIBITED ITEMS TO THE TEST: Examples of other prohibited items include, but are not limited to: books, dictionaries, rulers mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers briefcases, handbags, backpacks ear plugs papers of any kind hats/hoods may not be worn on the head (except items of religious apparel) LSAC permits a 1 gallon ziplock bag Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.50

51 Items that ARE permitted in the test center and must be contained in a sealed 1 gallon zip-lock bag valid ID wallet keys hygiene/medical products No. 2 or HB pencils erasers, pencil sharpener a highlighter tissues beverage in a plastic container or juice box (max. size 20 oz.) snack The zip-lock bag may be accessed only at the break between test sections 3 and 4.

52 LOCATE TEST CENTER AND REPORT ON-TIME A reporting address is provided by the test center and is ….printed on each LSAT Admission Ticket. LSAT Admission Tickets contain the test reporting time. In the United States and Canada:  October, December and February - 8:30 am  June – 12:30 pm Registrants who report late to the test center may be denied admission to the test. Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.52

53 RECONFIRM THE REPORTING ADDRESS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TEST Registrants are notified by of any change to their reporting address. They are advised to access their on-line account the night before the test or, in the case of the June test, the morning of the test. Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.53

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55 Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.55 One week before the test The day before the scheduled test Test Day Three weeks before the test LSAT Checklist: page 2 of the LSAT Admission Ticket

56 Copyright © 2011 by Law School Admission Council, Inc.56 LSAT Candidate Information Sheet: available as pages 3 – 5 of the LSAT Admission Ticket.

57 LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL LSAC ACCOUNT SIMULATION SITE HTTPS://OS2TRAIN.LSAC.ORG

58 Intended Use

59 Account needed

60 Logon

61 Understanding navigation and tools available

62 Calendar

63 Understand CRS

64 Find Prelaw Advisor

65 Know what’s needed for Fee Waivers

66 Understand the LSAT

67 Find useful information about the LSAT

68 Understand Transcripts

69 Look at necessary documents

70 Understand LORs and Evaluations

71 Find useful information

72 Assigning Letters/Evaluations to schools

73 Understand the application process

74 Managing schools

75 Finding the right schools

76 Using LSAC’s Official Guide

77 Looking at schools’ requirements

78 Looking at actual applications

79 Understand Forums

80 Getting more information about Forums

81 Seeing what is available, how much it costs

82 LSAC International Initiatives LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL

83 REACH OF THE LSAT Traditional market has been JD admissions in US and Canada, but there has been recent expansion Central European University, Budapest (2001) Melbourne University, Australia (2007) American University of Armenia (2008) Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China (2008)

84 COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS Collaboration has occurred in contexts where the primary language is not English Japan Law Foundation (2001) National Institute of the Magistracy, Romania (2006) Korean Association of Law Schools (2010)

85 LSAT—INDIA Adaptation of the LSAT, better to fit local context Undergraduate and graduate programs, in English Operations challenges Business-model challenges One law school in 2009; five in 2010; 30 in 2011 Modest adaptation

86 LSAT—INDIA

87 THE FUTURE Be Ready for Expansion in Australia and China Develop Next Steps in Korea Assess the Future of the LSAT—India (2013) Assess Other Markets Growth in Number of Overseas LSAT Centers (44 to 85)


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