LSAC offers a version of the LSAT in Spanish that is available to test takers in Puerto Rico. The Spanish LSAT is for use in applying to law school in Puerto Rico. LSAC reports scores from the Spanish LSAT only to the three ABA-accredited law schools in Puerto Rico:
- University of Puerto Rico School of Law
- Inter American University School of Law
- Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law
These three schools are the only ABA-accredited schools where Spanish is the primary language of instruction.
Spanish LSAT FAQs
Create an LSAC.org account and click Register for the LSAT. For your center location, select United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. For your test date, select January 2019.
Test centers offering the LSAT in Spanish will begin with LSAT EN ESPAÑOL. Select one of these centers to register for the Spanish LSAT.
LSAC automatically suggests test centers that are near your address. If “LSAT EN ESPAÑOL” test centers are not being displayed, scroll down to “Search for a different location in United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.” Under Other Location, select PUERTO RICO. After you hit Submit, test centers offering the Spanish LSAT will be displayed.
The LSAT in Spanish is offered at the two LSAT test centers in Puerto Rico—in Rio Piedras and Mayagüez. The Spanish version of the test is not administered at any location outside of Puerto Rico.
Because the LSAT in Spanish is not exactly the same as the LSAT in English, it cannot be measured on the same scale of 120–180. However, the LSAT scores on the Spanish test are based on a standardized scale, and this scale works similarly and can be interpreted in a similar way to the LSAT in English.
Some modifications have been made to the Spanish score scale to accommodate new methods of scaling. The range of the new scale is 320–380. This reporting scale has the same number of points as the LSAT in English scale (120–180), but the correspondence between the scales is not one-to-one. Therefore, the user is cautioned about making direct comparisons between scores on the Spanish and English versions of the test. Any comparisons should be made cautiously and understood as rough approximations.
It is not necessary to take the LSAT in Spanish in order to apply to any law school in Puerto Rico. All three law schools in Puerto Rico continue to accept the English version of the LSAT for applications to their programs.
No. Because Spanish LSAT scores are reported only to the three ABA-accredited law schools in Puerto Rico, anyone who wishes to take the LSAT in order to apply to ABA-accredited law schools outside of Puerto Rico must take the LSAT in English. This applies to both residents and nonresidents of Puerto Rico.
Yes, test takers from outside of Puerto Rico may register to take the Spanish LSAT in Puerto Rico. But before you do so, you should think carefully about whether taking the Spanish LSAT in Puerto Rico will benefit you. A score on the Spanish LSAT can be used only for applying to law schools in Puerto Rico.