Whether to apply to law school—and which schools to apply to—are big decisions, and you deserve to have the best information to help you navigate those decisions. While a small number of schools have recently decided to accept other standardized tests in addition to the LSAT in certain circumstances, the LSAT is still the best choice for law school admission. The LSAT is the only test accepted by every law school, and it is the only test specifically designed to assess the core capabilities required for success in law school and the legal profession. The LSAT is the only test that allows you to see how you compare to students being admitted to a given school, so you can focus on the schools that are right for you. For these reasons, 99.8 percent of law school applicants in 2017–2018 relied on the LSAT.
Learn more about key differences between the LSAT and GRE. Please note that approximately half of the multiple-choice questions on the GRE involve math, which may be a consideration if math is not your strength.
|LSAT||GRE General Test|
|Designed to measure skills that have been identified as critical to success in law school. Proven valid and reliable for this purpose.||Designed to serve a broad array of graduate programs rather than being tailored to any one field of study. Was not designed for law school admission and is not valid or reliable for this purpose.|
|Target Test-Taker Population(s)|
|Law school applicants.||Applicants to graduate schools. Minor use in some Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs (GMAT preferred).|
|Measures the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think and write critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.||Measures quantitative skills (e.g., applying concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis), verbal skills (e.g., understanding the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts), and analytical writing (e.g., controlling the elements of standard written English).|
|A single score measuring verbal reasoning and deductive reasoning skills. A critical writing sample is also collected and forwarded to law schools that applicants apply to.||Separate quantitative, verbal, and writing scores that should not be combined, and cannot be compared to LSAT scores (even through the use of percentiles).|
|Designed to challenge law school applicants across a wide range of ability.||Designed to serve a broad range of graduate programs.|
|LSAT questions and forms are highly secure.||The GRE testing model necessitates that questions be regularly reused, creating the likelihood that test takers could gain access to questions prior to testing.|
|Most test forms are freely disclosed at the time of score reporting. Test takers are then given four months to challenge the soundness, fairness, and equity of test questions. Disclosed test questions are also made available for low-cost test preparation.||Limited test review can be granted only to New York test takers, by appointment during selected weeks, for a $50 fee. Those New York test takers may review only the questions they answered incorrectly during a session that lasts a maximum of 2 hours.|
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