The LSAT - Law School Admission Test

What is the LSAT?


The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admission in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The test is designed specifically to assess critical reading, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and persuasive writing skills  key skills needed for success in law school. The LSAT is the only test accepted for admission purposes by all ABA-accredited law schools and Canadian common-law law schools.

The LSAT is administered in two parts. The first part of the test is a multiple-choice exam administered at test centers throughout the world. Starting in September 2019, the multiple-choice portion of the LSAT will be administered digitally in North America — learn more about the Digital LSAT. The second part of the test is a written essay, called LSAT Writing. LSAT Writing is administered online using secure proctoring software that can be installed on the candidate’s own computer.

Some law schools will accept tests other than the LSAT for admission. However, students who want to maximize their chances for admission are advised to take the LSAT. It is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools, and it is the only test that helps the test taker to determine if law school is right for them.

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