The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, multiple choice exam for applicants to law schools. The Law School Admission Council administers the test in February, June, October, and December of each year. Prospective law students are encouraged to take the LSAT no later than October of the year preceding their anticipated matriculation in law school.

The LSAT measures skills considered essential for success in law school*:

  • reading and comprehension of complex tests with accuracy and insight
  • organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it
  • ability to think critically
  • analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others

There are five 35-minutes sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to your overall score. Two logical reasoning sections, one reading comprehension section, and one analytical reasoning section comprise the LSAT. The fifth, unscored section used for researching new questions, will vary from test administration to test administration. At the end of the LSAT, a 35-minute writing sample is administered. The writing sample is not scored, but it will be sent to all law schools which you apply to.

The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180.

Some students may choose to utilize a commercial preparation service. Using an LSAT prep program can be a good investment or a total waste of time and money depending on your personal circumstances. Your pre-law advisor may be able to help you determine whether a commercial preparation service is right for you.

For more information about the LSAT and to register for a test, visit the Law School Admission Council website at

*Adapted from the LSAT Information Book

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