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LSAC Research

LSAC Research:

Most Recent Reports

  • Predictive Validity of the LSAT: A National Summary of the 2009 and 2010 Correlation Studies (TR 11-02) (PDF) (Posted 3-2-12) (new)
  • Summary of Self-Reported Methods of Test Preparation by LSAT Takers for Testing Years 2008–2009 Through 2010–2011 (TR 11-03) (PDF) (Posted 1-20-12) (new)
  • Comparability of Test-Taker Proficiency Scores on Computer Adaptive Tests Using Real and Simulated Data (RR 11-04) (PDF) (Posted 2-7-12) (new)
  • After Tenure: Post-Tenure Law Professors in the United States (GR 11-02) (PDF) (Posted 2-7-12) (new)

LSAT Technical Reports

The LSAC Psychometric Research staff regularly monitors various psychometric and statistical properties of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT Technical Reports document the results of these analyses on a regularly scheduled basis. The table below describes the technical report topics with their respective replication cycles.

LSAT Technical Report Topic Cycle
(in years)
LSAT Performance with Regional, Gender, and Racial/Ethnic Breakdowns 2
National Summaries of Correlation Studies 2
Self-Reported Methods of Test Preparation 3
Differential Prediction for Racial/Ethnic Subgroups 3
Differential Prediction for Gender Subgroups 3
LSAT Performance by Repeat Test Takers 3
Predictive Validity for Repeater Test Takers 4
Item Type Validity As necessary
Predictive Validity for Test Takers with Disabilities As sample size permits
LSAT Performance by Test Takers with Disabilities As sample size permits

Research Reports

LSAC Psychometric Research and Test Development staff members regularly carry out research in support of the LSAT, as well as theoretical research in the area of psychometrics. LSAC also regularly supports university researchers exploring topics of relevance. This research is published in the Research Report series.

Statistical Reports

From 1990 through 1997, research on topics that were deemed to be of a more statistical nature was published in the Statistical Report series rather than in the Research Report series. Since 1998, this work has been included in the Research Report series.

Computerized Testing Reports

From July 1995 through March 2005, LSAC carried out an extensive program of research aimed at evaluating the feasibility and advisability of implementing computerized testing for the LSAT. Over the course of this initiative, members of the LSAC Psychometric Research and Test Development Groups, along with 17 funded researchers from 12 universities, produced numerous research reports specific to the area of computerized testing. These reports are published under the category of Computerized Testing Reports.

Grants Reports

Through the work of the Research Grant Program, LSAC funds research on any aspect of legal training and legal practice related to the mission of LSAC. Reports on research funded through this program are published in the Grants Report series.

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