Since the LSAT is a very important factor in admissions decisions, preparing in advance for it is crucial. Students are recommended to plan for at least 16 weeks of test preparation, although more or less may be appropriate depending on each particular student. 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/
Students who intend to start law school in the fall term immediately following graduation should plan to take the LSAT as early in their senior year as they reasonably can. Most OSU students will take the late August/early September test administration. This provides ample time for students to submit their applications early in the rolling admissions cycle or to re-take the exam if they feel they could significantly improve their score. Students are encouraged to take the LSAT one time if possible and only when they feel adequately prepared. While most law schools will focus on a student's highest LSAT score if there are multiple, they do see all attempts and can take that into consideration when making admissions decisions.
Register for the LSAT online at www.lsac.org
CAS stands for Credential 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 CAS. Your CAS 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 CAS at: www.lsac.org
The CAS report
The CAS facilitates the law school admissions process by compiling and disseminating most parts of the law school admission application. The CAS report contains:
What is a LSDAS GPA?
Because of the wide range of grading systems used by US colleges and universities, the CAS converts records into a standard format. Your CAS GPA may be different from your OSU GPA especially if you took classes at other colleges or universities.