LSAT: Law School Admission Test
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for entry in JD Programmes, LLM and Other Law Programmes. Law Schools and scholarship programmes ask for LSAT Score. It’s considered as a benchmark for law programme success. Following given some fast facts about LSAT.
- The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is developed and designed by Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
- More than 100 000 applicants take LSAT Examination worldwide.
- More than 60000 law school applicants counts on LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for law programme selection.
- LSAC has 221 member law schools.
- The LSAT Score is used for admission into JD Law programmes, LLM and Other Law Programmes.
- Law schools and scholarship providers looks for LSAT Score as a measure of law school success.
- LSAT is delivered by Pearson Vue
LSAT Exam Pattern
LSAT consists of 5 sections. Only four of the five sections contributes towards LSAT Score namely one reading comprehension, one analytical reasoning, and two logical reasoning sections. Questions asked are multiple choice type.
The LSAT also includes an unscored writing sample. The writing prompt presents a decision problem, and you are asked to choose between two positions or courses of action, and defend your choice. There is no “right” or “wrong” position; the writing sample lets you demonstrate your argumentative writing skills. Law schools are looking at the reasoning, clarity, organization, language usage, and writing mechanics you display in your sample. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all schools to which you apply. Following given section wise details
Logical Reasoning ("Arguments")
Analytical Reasoning ("Logic Games")
- 2 sections
- 24–26 multiple-choice questions per section
- 35 minutes per section
- Tests ability to determine main points of arguments, apply logic to abstract concepts, find relevant information within a text, and analyze and evaluate arguments
- 1 section
- 4 logic games with 4–7 multiple-choice questions each
- 35 minutes
- Tests ability to understand effects of rules on decisions and outcomes, determine relationships between concepts, analyze situations and draw conclusions based on set guidelines, and apply logic to ambiguous or complex situations
- 1 section
- ~27 questions multiple-choice questions
- 35 minutes
- 4 passages: 3 passages with one authors and 1 combination of passages from 2 different sources discussing the same topic
- Tests ability to draw inferences based on text, determine main ideas of passages, find relevant information within a text, understand a dense, scholarly text
- 1 unscored experimental section
- 35 minutes
- Can by Arguments, Games, or Reading Comprehension
- 1 unscored section
- 35 minutes
- Tests ability to form an argument based on given facts, support an argument, use written English to express an idea
Law in itself is highly challenging profession. Law programmes and scholarship agencies look for promising candidates who can make a difference in legal work. Admission officer look for candidates with good score and prefer to excellent. Before you appear for the actual LSAT preparation is necessary. You need to understand well LSAT Format and practice typical test so can answer individual LSAT sections precisely in given time limit.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) helps LSAT test takers in preparation for free. Get following given resources for LSAT Prep from official website https://www.lsac.org/lsat
- LSAT Sample Test
- LSAT Prep Books
- Khan Academy LSAT Prep
- LSAT Test Dates and Deadlines
LSAT Test Fees
To appear for LSAT you need to pay fees towards LSAT Administration. Fee waiver is also available for bright candidates but who can’t pay the required money. Following given details
Test Center Change: $125
Test Date Change: $125
Nonpublished Test Center
(Figure reflects amount refunded to candidate.)
LSAT Registration Refund: $50
For online registrants, LSAC accepts the following:
VISA, MasterCard, American Express, DISCOVER credit cards (account will be charged in US dollars)
LSAC fee waiver
All fees are charged in US dollars. If you live outside of the United States, your country’s taxes and exchange rate may affect the fee.
LSAT Test Center
LSAT is administered worldwide by Pearson Vue. You are advised to register early in order get LSAT at a nearest test center. LSAT Test Center has three categories mentioned below:
- LSAT Test Centers in the United States, Caribbean, and Canada
- Test Centers Outside the United States, Caribbean, and Canada
- Test Centers for Saturday Sabbath Observers
And if there is no published center, you may request that LSAC establish a nonpublished test center.
For exact details of LSAT Test Centers near you follow the link https://www.lsac.org/lsat
Your LSAT score is based on the number of questions answered correctly (your raw score).
All questions on the various test sections are weighted exactly the same. The total number you get right is what matters for your score, not which particular questions you get right or wrong.
There is no deduction for incorrect answers, so there is no risk in guessing if you don’t know the right answer to any particular question.
Raw scores are converted to an LSAT scale that ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score.LSAT Score Report includes
- your current score.
- results of all tests—up to 12—for which you registered since June 1, 2013, including absences and cancellations. Scores earned prior to June 2013 are not reportable.
- an average score, if you have more than one reportable score on file.
- your score band.
- your percentile rank, which reflects the percentage of candidates whose scores were lower than yours during the previous three testing years. A percentile rank is reported for each of your scores.
By default, your score is released only to you and the law schools to which you have applied.
LSAC’s CRS: Candidate Referral Service
LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS) gives you the opportunity to be discovered by law schools you may not have considered. It helps law schools recruit you based on specific characteristics.For JD applicants, law schools can search based on
Race or Ethnicity
Geographic backgroundFor LLM and other law applicants, law schools can search based on
Program of interest
Years of employment post law degree
Country of first degree in law
Preference to study in certain geographic locations
How to Register for LSAC’s CRS
Registration is free for anyone with an LSAC.org account. When you sign up for CRS, you authorize LSAC to share the following information with law schools, agencies or individuals working on their behalf, and other eligible programs related to legal education:
Your name, mailing and email addresses, and phone number
Biographical, academic, and employment information
Information you have provided about your law school preferences
LSAT is also offered in Spanish. You can take Spanish LSAT for admission to following
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.
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.
Spanish LSAT Test Centers
The LSAT in Spanish is offered at two LSAT test centers in Puerto Rico—in Rio Piedras and Mayaguez.
Spanish LSAT Scoring
Because the Spanish LSAT is not precisely the same test as the LSAT in English, it cannot be scored on the same 120–180 scale. So, scores on the Spanish LSAT are reported on a 200–260 scale.
Ready to take LSAT? The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) requires you to register early. There are many benefits to register early. For example; you get nearest center, more time to prepare for the test and plan better for your law program and scholarships.
Register for LSAT; go to website: https://www.lsac.org/lsat