« on: March 14, 2006, 09:49:21 PM »
QuoteAn aced final exam is an aced final exam... as long as the student doesn't cheat, no one cares how the final exam was aced. Likewise, a 165 is a 165... and will beat the bejesus out of a 155 whining about how "natural" he or she is.Here again, how can this be interpreted other than you are saying "[the LSAT] is a qualified measurement regardless of prep?"
Like I said above, I'm confused you either saying the LSAT is predictive only for those who prep, or its predictive for everyone regardless of prep but no one has any 'natural ability', or LSAT is more predictive for those who prep. These seem to be mutually exclusive options
I say, like before, doesn't that mean the test is just arbitrary?
I know you are not responding to me, but it seems like he is saying that whether or not you prep for the LSAT is actually part of the test. The idea is this: the test is a rough, rough test of aptitude. Someone good at the test without studying has a somewhat better chance of being a good lawyer. The test is also easy to prep for - meaning that even someone without an inherent or learned ability has an opportunity to show how they can make up for their lack by studying. In that regard, it is fair to both groups. People who are already apt (for whatever reason) can get by without studying. People who are not, can study. People who don't bother to take practice tests, who don't bother to study, or who are unable to prep for a test even with tons of available material are weeded out. It seems to me that those are likely to be the worst law students.
Also - studies can show whether or not the LSAT is actually predictive for law school pretty easily. It's a simple statistical test (I don't know the answer.) You should keep in mind, though, that studies can't show the true importance of the LSAT: whether or not you will make a good lawyer, not law student. As far as a student being a good lawyer, it is my opinion that whether or not the student chose to actually study for the LSAT is has some validity as an indicator.