LSAT Preparation Primer

What Does the LSAT Consist Of?

The Law School Admission Test or LSAT is one of the most critical elements of the law school application.The LSAT is offered four times each year: February, June, September/October, and December. The test consists of five 35-minute multiple choice sections, four of which are used to determine the test taker’s score ranging from 120-180. 

A 35-minute unscored writing section is administered at the end of the test. There are three multiple-choice question types featured on the LSAT:

  •  Reading comprehension questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school.
  • Analytical reasoning questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure.
  • Logical reasoning questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language.

Before You Take the LSAT

  • Take the LSAT in June between your junior and senior year if you are planning to apply for the following cycle, and you are well-prepared. This allows you to focus on the other elements of your applications during the fall of your senior year. If you are unable to take the LSAT in June or if you do not make the score you desire, the September/October date is also viable.
  • Carefully consider the resources you use to prepare for the LSAT. Find resources that work for you! The pre-law advisor can assist with this process.
  • Study with a purpose. Begin studying six to 10 months before you plan on taking the test  Block off time in your weekly schedule specifically for LSAT prep and have an idea what you want to accomplish during that set time. After learning the fundamentals of each question type, take numerous practice tests under timed conditions. Completing each section in the 35-minute time window is the greatest obstacle most students face.
  • Be prepared the first time you take the LSAT. Most law schools will take your highest score, but some still average scores. You want to be as prepared as possible, giving yourself the best chance to make the score you want, the first time you take it.