How to Even the Score: Test Prep

Undergraduate-admissions officers in California and Texas may be downgrading--or ignoring altogether--the significance of standardized tests, but don't expect their law-school counterparts to follow suit. At some elite institutions, a candidate's score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) can count for as much as half the total application. The exam is so integral to vetting applications that even supporters of affirmative action reject the idea of dumping the LSAT as a way of recruiting more minority students. Says Michael Sharlot, dean of the University of Texas Law School, where only four blacks enrolled last fall: "It isn't a great predictor of...

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