The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admissions. The purpose of the LSAT is to test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school, which include reading comprehension, reasoning, and writing. Your LSAT score will demonstrate your readiness for law school to admission decision makers.
The LSAT is offered about six times per year (application cycle): June, July, September, November, January, and March. Please consult the LSAT website for exact test dates and deadlines.
NYU Prelaw recommends that law school applicants aim to take the June LSAT before the fall of your application cycle. This allows applicants to have back up test dates available if they are unsatisfied with their score. Additionally, applicants will have the summer to focus on other components of their application, such as drafting your personal statement.
The LSAT is administered in two parts. The first part consists of several 35-minute sections of multiple questions and the second part is a 35-minute unscored LSAT Writing Sample.
Throughout the LSAT be prepared to be tested on the following sections:
Analytical Reasoning: This section will assess your ability to assess scenarios based on a set of facts and rules.
Logical Reasoning: This section will test your ability to examine, analyze, and critically evaluate arguments.
Reading Comprehension: This section will test you on your ability to read and understand complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school.
Additionally, the LSAT has an unscored experimental section, used by the LSAC to test out new questions.The unscored section can appear in any order among the four sections of the test. While the section will be unscored, you will not know which portion is unscored, so it is important to answer each question diligently.
LSAT scores range from 120 to 180 with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score. The national average LSAT is around 151.
A “good” LSAT score depends on the law schools you are considering. For more insight you can compare your LSAT scores ranges for admitted students at law schools on your list. You can use the LSAT/UGPA calculator or consult the law schools’ class profiles to learn more about their admissions data.
LSAT scores are valid for five years, so you can use your score in later application cycles.
The LSAT basic fee costs around $200, with some additional fees for extra items such as late test change or score previews. Please review the LSAT website for the latest costs and fees.
The LSAC offers a fee waiver for the LSAT & Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which is designed for law school candidates who are financially under-resourced. Submit your completed fee waiver application to LSAC at least six weeks prior to the registration deadline for the LSAT administration you wish to take.
You can apply for a fee waiver directly on the LSAT webpage.