LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. All ABA-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many other law schools require applicants to take the LSAT as part of their admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section in the LSAT will vary. The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
Registration for the LSAT is available through the Law School Admission Council Website
Applications must be received by the Law School Admission Council by the application deadline to avoid paying the late fee. The testing fee is $139, late registration fee is an additional $68 ($204 total).
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Location|
|February 11, 2012||January 10, 2012||Carnahan Hall Room 102|
|June 11, 2012||May 8, 2012||Dempster Hall Room 103|
|October 6, 2012||September 4, 2012||Dempster Hall Room 103|
|December 1, 2012||October 29, 2012||Dempster Hall Room 103|
|February 9, 2013||January 8, 2013||Dempster Hall Room 103|
Visit the Law School Admission Council Web site for additional LSAT information.