In order to be admitted to the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, applicants must take the LSAT and the EXADEP (a Spanish version of the GRE). The LSAT, the EXADEP, and the graduating index are converted into the studentís admission index. From 1,000 to 1,100 applicants, only 200 are admitted (the ones with the higher indexes).
In Puerto Rico we have 3 ABA approved law schools. The best one and the cheapest ($100 per credit) is the University of Puerto Rico. Everyone here wants to get into UPR! (Except those who decide to study at a US or foreign University) This means that LSAT DOES count and we DO have to study for this test. It is really hard to study because of the language barrier and because of this, our average score is lower than english native speakers. Just because our average score is lower it doesn't mean that the LSAT doesn't count.
If this test was available in Spanish I'm sure that our average score would be much better.
I was accepted into UPR with 3.90, 650 (EXADEP) and 153 (LSAT) and I know about lots of good students with similar scores to mine that were rejected because of their performance at the LSAT.
The only thing UPR does not evaluate is the Writing Sample part of the LSAT because they ask for a Monograph and a Personal Statement to evaluate your writing skills.
Conclusion: At UPR, LSAT does count and studying for this test is really hard for Puerto Ricans, almost painful, because of the language barrier and the time restriction of the test.