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The LSAT is the single most important factor in determining your admission into law school. The LSAT measures skills that are considered essential for success in law school.
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with an average score of 150. Along with your LSAT score, you will receive a percentile ranking. This ranking compares your performance with that of everyone else who has taken the LSAT in the previous three years.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions; four of the five sections contribute to the score. The LSAT includes the following sections: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning (games), Logical Reasoning (arguments), and Analytical Writing (35-minute essay). The Analytical Writing section does not count towards your score; however, the schools that you apply to will receive a copy of your essay.
To view the LSAT testing schedule, visit www.lsac.org
Many law school admission deadlines tend to be in February; however, there are a few schools that have deadlines earlier then February. Keeping the deadlines in mind, most schools require that the LSAT be taken by December of the previous year for admission in the following fall. Taking the test earlier is advised so that more time can be devoted to law school applications during the fall and to ensure that there are opportunities to retake the LSAT Exam if needed.
Registration deadlines are approximately 4-5 weeks before each test date. You may want to register at least 6-8 weeks ahead of time to avoid late fees and to ensure that you can take the LSAT at your preferred test center.
To register online, visit www.lsac.org.
To register by phone, call (215) 968-1001.
To register by mail, obtain a copy of the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book from the Law School Admission Council, Inc. (available at your undergraduate advising offices, law schools, and career centers) or call Law Services at (215) 968-1001 and have them mail you a copy. Then, complete the LSAT registration form found in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book and mail it with the appropriate payment in the pre-addressed return envelope.
The LSAT registration fee is $118.00; if you register late, there is an additional fee of $60.00. Also, subscription to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) is required for application to most law schools. This subscription costs $109 and includes one free score report. To send Additional LSDAS Law School Reports to law schools, you must pay $12.00 each. For more LSAT-related fees, go to the LSAC website.
If you have an LSAC online account, you should receive your score approximately 3 weeks after taking the test. You can also receive your scores via phone with TelScore for a fee of $10 approximately three weeks after taking the test. For TelScore services, call (215) 968-1200. The scores are mailed approximately 4 weeks after each test. Note: Students who have LSAC online accounts will pay a one-time fee of $25.00 to obtain hard-copy mailings of account information that is available online.
If you are absolutely sure that you want to cancel your score, you can complete the score cancellation section on the LSAT answer sheet at the test center. If you decide to cancel your score after you have left the test center, then LSAC must receive a signed fax, overnight letter, or expedited mailed score cancellation form (available at the test center) within 9 calendar days of the test. Valid score cancellation requests must include the following: your statement that you wish to cancel your LSAT score, name, LSAC account number, Social Security or Canadian Social Insurance number, the test date, test center name and code number, and your signature (unsigned cancellation requests will not be processed). Send your request via one of the following methods:
Fax: (215) 968-1277
Mail cancellation request to:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0995
After your cancellation request has been processed, LSAC will send you a confirmation via mail. If you do not receive the confirmation within five calendar days after the date your request was submitted, contact LSAC to verify that your request was processed. Alternatively, you can confirm your cancellation request by visiting the www.LSAC.org website and looking in the “Account Status” section of your online account. You can also call (215) 968-1001 to find out the status of your cancellation request (allow at least 3 days after sending the request before calling). It is recommended that you keep proof that your score cancellation request was successfully completed along with a copy of your score cancellation request. If your score cancellation request was not received by the deadline or was not processed, you can submit proof that you sent the information and that LSAC received your request before the deadline; this must be done within 15 calendar days after the LSAT Exam.
You cannot take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This rule applies even if you cancel your score. LSAC may cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any steps necessary to enforce this policy. Be aware that law schools may average your scores if you have multiple scores. It is never advisable to take the LSAT for practice only or thinking that you can “just take it again” if you do not like your score.
A good LSAT score depends on which law school you want to go to. You can call your prospective law schools and request for statistics such as the median LSAT score of the previous year’s students that were admitted. You can also obtain ranges such as what percentage of students with your score were accepted to which law schools. The LSAC website has a search engine that allows you to search and sort different types of data. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180. To give you an idea of the distribution of scores, the breakdown of what percent of the students score in which range is as follows:
Below is a list of the top 20 Law Schools with the average LSAT scores and the average GPA for the accepted students in 2005:
|Law School||2005 LSAT Score 75th Percentile||UGPA|
|Yale Law School||175||3.95|
|Stanford University Law School||172||3.96|
|Harvard Law School||176||3.92|
|Columbia University School of Law||173||3.80|
|New York University School of Law||172||3.89|
|University of Chicago Law School||172||3.80|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School||171||3.85|
|University of California, Berkeley School of Law||168||3.90|
|University of Virginia School of Law||171||3.83|
|University of Michigan Law School||169||3.78|
|Duke University School of Law||166||3.86|
|Northwestern University School of Law||169||3.78|
|Cornell University Law School||168||3.80|
|Georgetown University Law Center||169||3.79|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||169||3.82|
|The University of Texas School of Law||168||3.83|
|University of Southern California Law School||167||3.78|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||167||3.85|
|The George Washington University Law School||166||3.78|
|University of Minnesota Law School||167||3.78|
For more information on the LSAT, visit www.lsac.org.
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It is never too early to start preparing for the LSAT. Familiarizing yourself with the exam, its format, the types of questions asked, and which skills you need to improve will be advantageous when taking the exam. It would also be beneficial to use as much time as you can to do some practice exams under the exact testing conditions that would exist during the actual exam. Testmasters recommends giving yourself 3-6 months time to prepare, depending on how much you need to improve from your diagnostic exam. Because the LSAC (and Testmasters) has every prior LSAT available, there is plenty of material to study from and there should be no reason to take the LSAT more than once as long as you give yourself enough time to go through the material in advance.
We suggest you inquire with your prospective law school to find out more about availability and requirements for scholarships. If you are employed, you may want to inquire with your company for any tuition assistance or scholarship opportunities.
Before deciding on a part-time or full-time program, check with each individual school that you are interested in to find out the advantages and disadvantages of their programs. Of the top 100 schools according to the U.S. News & World Report, the following 49 institutions offer a part-time program: