Diversity Matters Awards Announced

Jasmine Crowe (L), pictured with Kent Lollis, accepts the second annual LSAC Diversity Matters Award on behalf of Phoenix School of Law.

LSAC announced the winners of the second annual Diversity Matters Award on June 4 at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Hollywood, California. The top honor went to Phoenix School of Law in Phoenix, Arizona. The award, sponsored by LSAC's Diversity Initiatives Office and its website, DiscoverLaw.org, is given to schools that are seriously committed to diversity and demonstrate their commitment by designing programming for high school students and first- and second-year college students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in law school and the legal profession.

Also honored were the University of San Diego—School of Law (second place) and Chapman University School of Law (third place). Seven additional schools were selected for honorable mention: Arizona State University—Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York; Cleveland State University—Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Florida International University College of Law; University of Miami School of Law; Syracuse University College of Law; and Wake Forest University School of Law.

LSAC's Comprehensive LLM Services Launch April 17

Starting this month, eligible law graduates interested in researching and applying to LLM programs at ABA-approved law schools (and several law schools in Canada) can access LSAC's expanded, online LLM applicant services at LSAC.org.

The streamlined LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) can be used in a variety of ways to apply to LLM programs, depending on where users earned their first degree in law and the requirements of the law schools to which they apply.

Applicants who earned a JD from a law school in the US can purchase the LLM CAS Document Assembly Service for $75 plus $16 for each law school report. Applicants request official academic documents and letters of recommendation just once for submission to LSAC. LSAC prepares a law school report that includes copies of transcripts and letters of recommendation, and forwards it to participating LLM programs to which the applicant applies. Applications to participating programs are available online through LLM CAS.

Applicants who earned a first degree in law from an institution outside of the US may purchase the Document Assembly Service to have letters of recommendation, English proficiency score(s), and electronic applications forwarded to participating law schools to which they apply. In addition, internationally educated applicants may need to purchase, for $125, the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. Applicants request official institution documents only once for submission to LSAC for authentication, evaluation, and forwarding to all participating law schools to which they apply. Transcript authentication and evaluation is completed in cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Potential LLM applicants can benefit from establishing a free LLM account at LSAC.org even at the very beginning of their exploration of LLM programs. They can

  • search for the right LLM program by interest, location, or law school and save the results;
  • view detailed photos, descriptions, and application and admission requirements for an expanding list of law schools that offer LLM programs; and
  • choose to provide a Candidate Referral Service (CRS) profile that many law schools use to seek out applicants. Applicants often find that this service reveals schools they might not otherwise have considered.

A special LLM listserv provides an online community for LLM program administrators. Law schools use ACES2 to set their preferences and requirements for LLM CAS, and to obtain data and reports about applicants. For additional information about LSAC's comprehensive LLM services, contact LSAC's regional teams or .

Call for papers on Applications of Operations Research in Educational Measurement Special Volume of the Annals of Operations Research

This special volume of the journal Annals of Operations Research, published by Springer, will concentrate on the use of operations research within the educational measurement industry. This volume is directed at both academicians and practitioners. Topics of interest include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Static, dynamic, and robust test assembly
  • Parameter estimation for large-scale educational models
  • Analysis of the test results
  • Methods to recognize aberrant behavior (person fit and item fit)
  • Simulation of educational measurement systems
  • Stochastic processing of items and test takers
  • Analysis of item pools
  • Item difficulty modeling
  • Item generation

Submission procedure

Please find complete submission instructions at www.editorialmanager.com/anor/. When requested to select an article type, please select “Educational Measurement.” Each paper will be peer reviewed.

Special issue editors

  • Professor Ronald D. Armstrong, Rutgers University,
  • Dr. Dmitry I. Belov, Law School Admission Council,

Important dates

Submission deadline: February 1, 2011
Final version due: April 1, 2012
Publication: Papers will be published online very soon after acceptance