By March of that yr, the group introduced that month’s LSAT was canceled. The April LSAT was canceled, too, however throughout the identical month, information was launched about a web-based LSAT scheduled for Might. In keeping with Testy, the announcement concerning the on-line check, referred to as the LSAT-Flex, was launched earlier than the product was made.
“It was the proverbial constructing the airplane whilst you’re flying it,” says Testy, who has been LSAC president and CEO since 2017. The primary on-line check was on Might 18, 2020, and its scores had been launched June 5, 2020.
That was a recreation changer for regulation colleges, based on deans who feared applicant swimming pools would shrink throughout the pandemic. As an alternative, there was a 12.6% enhance in regulation faculty candidates for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, in contrast with the earlier yr. Scores went up, too. For the best rating vary, which is between 160 and 180, there was a 33.7% enhance.
“If we didn’t have the scholars, we’d be in hassle. And if we needed to change our admissions course of, our methodology of study, in the course of a pandemic, the admissions season would have been very laborious and really dangerous,” says Garry Jenkins, the dean of the College of Minnesota Regulation College, who additionally serves on the LSAC’s board of trustees.