In 2007, I wrote Volokh mail, Should the LSAT test have a “Logic Games” section?. Arguing that the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) should drop the logic games section because it tests abilities not related to working as a lawyer:
I admit I don’t understand why the LSAT has a “Games” (aka “Analytical Reasoning”) section. This section tests the ability to understand the relationships between a small number of variables and to see the different ways in which different combinations of those variables can fit different criteria. The skill set seems to take a lot of variables into account and work out how changing the boundaries of the problem changes how the different parts relate to each other. This is certainly an important skill set in many professions; It’s something I did all the time when I was in graduate school in engineering. But I wonder, how important is this skill for studying law or practicing law? What types of legal tasks rely most heavily on that skill?
Law School Admissions Council Report on the history of various LSAT questions He explains that the purpose of these questions is “to understand the structure of the relationship,” and claims that they “represent the kind of detailed analyzes needed to solve legal problems.” (p. 8) But I don’t understand why. (The report cites a 1993 study, but I was unable to find it online.) It is not clear to me that this kind of reasoning is directly relevant to the study or practice of law.
some Volokh conspiracy Publications change the world instantly, while others mature for a while. This took sixteen years, apparently, as the people who administer the LSAT have just announced the following, via Reuters:
The Law School Admissions Test will eliminate the “Logic Games” section of the test in 2024, according to the organization that created the test, marking a major change in test content.
This change means that confusing questions, like who gets what at a dinner party if Mary is allergic to fish, Devin doesn’t eat gluten, and Jamal prefers organic produce, will no longer be part of the quiz.
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), which develops and administers the test, sent an email on Wednesday to US law schools, which Reuters reviewed, informing them of the change.
Seriously, glad to see this. I don’t think the gaming section should have been part of the test at all, and it ended up being a ridiculous barrier to entry that skewed the admissions process. Good riddance.