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December 2010

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Trivia Questions

If you attended one of our Regional Training Workshops, you probably know the answers to these questions, but even if you weren't able to make it, see how many you can answer correctly. Answers appear elsewhere in this newsletter.

  1. How many calls from candidates did LSAC Candidate Services receive during the 2009-2010 cycle?
  2. What was our busiest month?
  3. In how many different countries are we administering the LSAT?
  4. What is the most unusual place we've administered the LSAT?

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Putting the Flex in FlexApp
By Troy Lowry

At the 2010 LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, LSAC rolled out a new proposal to remake the current application system. This new application system is called "FlexApp" and is specifically designed to make the law schools' job of creating a new application less burdensome. The tools for building an application will be in place for schools in April 2011. Applications built with this tool will be able to be completed by applicants starting in August 2011.

FlexApp is designed to allow law schools to continue asking the wide array of questions they currently ask using what LSAC calls "school-specific questions" while standardizing the input for questions that many law schools ask. This standardization not only removes the task of schools having to create these questions, thus saving them time, but allows admission staff to better monitor what applicants enter, and will remove many of the troublesome exceptions created in ACES² when applicants enter invalid data.

Although many basic questions are standardized, FlexApp is not a "common application." Schools will be able to create their own questions, and they will be able to opt out of any standard section. If they want, they can even re-create standard sections (with slightly different questions or wording) as school-specific questions. An exciting new feature will allow schools to create drop-down lists for questions that link directly to ACES² reference tables. For instance, in ACES² schools can designate exactly which ethnicities are available for the applicant to choose.

Another new feature is the ability to track documents attached to the application separately. Unlike the current system, with FlexApp schools can require that an applicant is not able to submit an application without the designated attachments, such as personal statements and résumés. Moreover, ACES² will track which documents were received so schools can easily create reports that tell them which applicants have submitted which documents.

Finally, FlexApp provides helpful features for paperless offices and reviewers. The application is fully indexed and bookmarked so reviewers can go to different sections with a single mouse-click. Sections and questions are fully numbered for easy reference, and schools can even choose the order that the sections appear in the final application. So, one school might always want biographical information on the first page, while another might want contact information.

We are excited about the great features of FlexApp and look forward to getting feedback so we can make it even better in the future. For more information, please contact a member of your regional support team.