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 purpose of the LSAT is to test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school. Those skills include reading comprehension, reasoning, and writing, and the test results help admission decision makers and candidates alike gain valuable insight as to law school readiness.
The LSAT is administered in two parts. The first part of the test is a multiple-choice exam that includes reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning questions. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Law School Admission Council has been delivering the multiple-choice exam in the form of the LSAT-Flex, which is online and remotely proctored. The second part of the test is a written essay, called LSAT Writing. LSAT Writing is also administered online using secure proctoring software that can be installed on the candidate’s own computer; LSAT Writing can be taken as early as eight (8) days prior to the multiple-choice exam.
The LSAT is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools, and it is the only test that helps candidates determine if law school is right for them. Some law schools will accept tests other than the LSAT for admission; however, students who want to maximize their chances for admission and to be best prepared for law school are advised to take the LSAT.