Do I need to take the LSAT?
The LSAT is optional for most applicants to GUCL.
For decades, GUCL has observed law student performance and how it correlates with LSAT scores. We’ve seen that while the LSAT is a good skill indicator for law school, it is not always conclusive.
About five years ago, GUCL re-evaluated its LSAT requirements and began to consider applications without an LSAT score. With a few exceptions*, the LSAT is not required by law or by the State Bar of CA. Requiring the LSAT for admission is fundamentally at the discretion of each law school.
*Exceptions: If you have previously taken the LSAT you must disclose your full score history to GUCL. Prior law students must apply with an LSAT score.
A Selective Application Process
An Application for Admission to GUCL without an LSAT score is expected to present with greater excellence in other areas. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on whether applying with or without an LSAT score is optimal based on the totality of their qualifications and whether the requisite skills, abilities, and commitment can be demonstrated through other aspects of the application process.
Should I take the LSAT anyway?
Submitting a strong law school application matters, LSAT or no LSAT. Applying with a sound LSAT score remains an ideal way to demonstrate skills, abilities, and commitment to the Admissions Committee. Other strategic reasons to consider taking the LSAT include:
- Opportunity for admission at multiple law schools
- Potential to qualify for scholarships
- Skill assessment that can help with law program selection
- Demonstrate skills, abilities, and commitment to offset other shortcomings
The New LSAT-Flex
Current circumstances have made it more difficult to plan to take the LSAT. To accommodate these changes, a newly formatted test was created.
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) launched an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT called the LSAT-Flex. It is like the standard LSAT, with a similar level of difficulty, but notably shorter (three 35-minute scored sections and a writing sample rather than four 35-minute scored sections, an unscored section, and a writing sample).
Other "perks" of the LSAT-Flex include access to loaner computers, cameras, or other resources (timely, written request required), and Score Preview which allows first-time test takers to see their score before deciding whether to keep it.
If you decide to take the LSAT-Flex, preparation is critical. GUCL recommends visiting www.LSAC.org for access to free and/or inexpensive test prep material and guidance.
It is unwise to underestimate the LSAT. Thorough preparation is time consuming; it typically takes 6-8 weeks with a high level of focus and many, many practice tests. If you are going to take the LSAT, make the goal to be fully prepared, to take the test only once, and to get the best score possible based on your individual test-taking abilities.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
GUCL does not require that applicants subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) offered by LSAC. Documents can be submitted directly to GUCL electronically or by U.S. Mail.
Applicants who choose to use CAS should mark "YES" on question 8 of the Application for Admission. Candidates should contact CAS to confirm all documents have been received, designate GUCL as a recipient school, assign two letters of recommendation to GUCL, and pay fees. GUCL will contact LSAC directly to order the Law School Report.