Admissions FAQs

LSAT

Is admission to the Law School competitive?

How important are my numbers in the Admissions Committee's decision?

Does the Admissions Committee use a LSAT or GPA cut-off?

How does the Admissions Committee view multiple LSAT scores?

Should I retake the LSAT?

Will the Admissions Committee know that I canceled my LSAT score?

I am registered for a future LSAT. Should I send my application now or wait for my score?

When is the next time I can take the LSAT in Hawaiʻi?

When is the last time I can take the LSAT and TOEFL for Fall 2014 admission?

Will you consider my February 2014 LSAT score for Fall 2014 admission?

Will you consider my June 2014 LSAT score for Fall 2014 admission?

I haven’t taken the LSAT. Will you accept another standardized test (i.e., GMAT, GRE, MCAT) in place of the LSAT?

Does LSAC provide accommodated testing for persons with disabilities?

GPA

My CAS report includes my cumulative undergraduate GPA. Will you take my graduate school grades into consideration?

Why is there a difference between the GPA on my transcript and the cumulative GPA on the LSAC Academic Summary Report?

I am taking classes now. When should I send my transcripts to LSAC?

LSAT

Is admission to the Law School competitive?
Yes. We offered admission to approximately 33% of our applicants in 2013.

Please see profiles of our recent entering classes.

You may also want to check out the Applicant Profile Chart. pdf that compares applicants and admitted students in 2012 by LSAT score and GPA in the 2014 ABA Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.

Applicant Profile

How important are my numbers in the Admissions Committee's decision?
We will evaluate your entire application. Your LSAT score and GPA will constitute about two thirds of our decision. Please be sure to detail your experiences, skills, interests, and strengths in your application, personal statement, and résumé.

A Note for Mature/Non-Traditional Applicants:   Please don't be overly concerned about a low undergraduate GPA or LSAT score.  The Law School seeks a diverse class of students with varied life and professional experiences.  We recognize that a significant amount of time may have passed since you were an undergraduate student.  We will consider graduate work, life experience, work experience, community service, and non-academic accomplishments.   If you have any questions about your academic credentials, please contact Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Director of Admissions, at esteele@hawaii.edu at (808) 956-5557.  She will be happy to speak with you about how best to communicate your strengths to the Admissions Community.

Does the Admissions Committee use a LSAT or GPA cut-off?
No. We will evaluate your entire application.

How does the Admissions Committee view multiple LSAT scores?
The Committee will consider your highest LSAT score, but will see all of your reportable scores. You may want to explain significant score differences in an addendum.

Should I retake the LSAT?
See LSAC About the LSAT.

Will the Admissions Committee know that I canceled my LSAT score?
Yes. If you want to explain the circumstances surrounding your cancellation or absence, please attach an addendum to your electronic application.

I am registered for a future LSAT. Should I send my application now or wait for my score?
Please do not submit your application until you have received the LSAT score you would like us to consider.

When is the next time I can take the LSAT in Hawaiʻi?
See LSAT Dates and Deadlines.

When is the last time I can take the LSAT and TOEFL for Fall 2014 admission?

  • You must take the LSAT no later than December 2013 to meet the priority JD application deadline (February 1).

  • The latest acceptable test date for the TOEFL is January 2014. Scores from TOEFL tests taken more than two years ago will not be accepted.

I haven't taken the LSAT yet. Will you consider my February 2014 LSAT for Fall 2014 admission?

Yes. You are strongly encouraged to apply before February 1.  The Law School may exclude from consideration any application submitted after February 1 or any application that is incomplete on February 1.

I haven't taken the LSAT yet. Will you consider my June 2014 LSAT score for Fall 2014 admission?
Yes. You are strongly encouraged to apply before February 1.  The Law School may exclude from consideration any application submitted after February 1 or any application that is incomplete on February 1.

I haven’t taken the LSAT. Will you accept another standardized test (i.e., GMAT, GRE, MCAT) in place of the LSAT?
No.

Does LSAC provide accommodated testing for persons with disabilities?
Yes. See LSAC Accomodated Testing.

GPA

My CAS report includes my cumulative undergraduate GPA. Will you take my graduate school grades into consideration?
Yes. Although LSAC does not include your graduate school grades in your cumulative undergraduate GPA, we will consider your graduate level coursework.

Why is there a difference between the GPA on my transcript and the cumulative GPA on the LSAC Academic Summary Report?
See LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

I am taking classes now. When should I send my transcripts to LSAC?
You may send the transcripts now without waiting for this semester's grades. Later, you may choose to send an updated transcript to LSAC. LSAC will automatically forward it to us.

If you are admitted to the Law School, you must have an updated, final official transcript sent to LSAC before July 15 so that your LSAC-generated UGPA will reflect the undergraduate academic work you completed AFTER you applied to law school. LSAC will not accept the official transcript that you will send to us.

Contact

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison

Director of Admissions
Office phone
(808) 956-5557