(1) It is awarded a greater weight than GPA in the US News Ranking formula.
(2) It is a standardized metric by which admissions officers can compare applicants.
(3) It is the single best numerical predictor of first year performance in law school.
Therefore, it is important that if you want to get into a good law school - you retake your LSAT until you get a score you feel accurately reflects your ability.
Philosopher King wrote:Right. And this absolutely makes sense. A 140 minute multiple choice exam that has nothing to do with law should be worth more than four years of undergraduate studies including, in addition to many multiple choice tests, essay exams, essays, research papers, lecture attendance, presentations, etc.