The following paper seeks to establish the nature of correlation between the number of students who take LSAT and the ones who actually get admitted in Law schools so as to determine whether most students who take the exams fail or pass.According to Burdette, “LSAT is usually administered by the Law School Admissions Council a non-profit organization…”(4) and the general realization is that Law Schools realized that they needed some form of standardized criteria for all Law Schools that could be used in admitting students. The results of the LSAT are usually a requirement that are considered jointly with other “undergraduate” credentials for admission in Law Schools. Every year “tens of thousands of students” take the test according to (Burdette 4). LSAT does not actually test for proficiency in law or any other faculty but tests for proficiency in general skills such as verbal, logical analytical and writing. In addition, according to the LSAT rules and regulations applicants “may not take LSAT more than three times in a two year period” (The LSAT).LSAT has been used for many years by many Law schools particularly the ones that are members LSAC. LSAC had deemed it important to replicate the criteria used by American Bar Association (ABA) where it was a requirement for applicants to take standardized exams to prove their proficiency before they were admitted as members of the association. In essence, they deemed important to make the work of Law Schools easier by requiring applicants to take LSAT before they were admitted to various Law Schools. In addition, the government supported the initiative because it would ensure that Law Schools only invested in students who had the academic proficiency to undertake Law and therefore prevent unnecessary wastage of resources on students who would later drop out or be expelled due to poor performance. Burdette observes that the government and other stakeholders made a criteria to provide funding only for those Law Schools that conducted LSAT on applicants before admitting them to their Law programs (17).However, LSAT began to draw controversies in terms of how the standardized tests were able to cater for the socio-economic and cultural differences among applicants. For instance, previous studies have indicated that the tests usually favor some students (Brooks 35). There
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