ERIC Number: ED469175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Predictive Validity of the LSAT: A National Summary of the 1995-1996 Correlation Studies. LSAT Technical Report. LSAC Research Report Series.
Anthony, Lisa C.; Harris, Vincent F.; Pashley, Peter J.
Since the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) was first administered, the sponsors of the test have carried out predictive validity studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the test and other predictors in determining first-year law school performance. This report presents a summary of correlation study results for the 1995 and 1996 study years. The study provides national longitudinal data for law schools to examine against their school-specific results to increase understanding of their own admission process. Results may be used by schools as benchmarks in evaluating their own results. This report is based on data from 165 law schools that participated in the correlation studies in both years. As previous reports have shown, results indicate that the LSAT alone tends to be a better predictor of law school performance than is the undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) alone. The combination of LSAT and UGPA, however, continues to be superior to either predictor variable alone for predicting law school first-year average. These results support the validity of the LSAT for use in the law school admission process. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Law School Admission Council, Newtown, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test