Every test taker is required to sign a Candidate Agreement each time they take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This legally binding document details the terms and conditions under which the Law School Admission Council will allow you to register for and take the LSAT. Please make sure you read the entire Agreement; rushing through or ignoring any of it could have serious adverse consequences.
Adhering to the highest moral and ethical standards is essential for those in the legal profession. You are a future member of that profession, and signing this agreement demonstrates your commitment to professional and ethical behavior as it pertains to the LSAT, the premiere test for entry into law school. We appreciate your joining LSAC in ensuring a fair and equal opportunity for all test takers as they begin their journey into law.
In particular, the Candidate Agreement prohibits test takers from sharing test questions with others; it certifies that the test taker is the person whose name appears on the registration; and it prohibits certain electronic devices and other items from being used during the LSAT.
Prohibited Items and Violations
No Electronic Devices
Test takers are not permitted to have any electronic devices in their possession at the test center from the time of their arrival until the conclusion of the test, including the break. A test taker found in possession of an electronic device will be issued an LSAC Violation and immediately dismissed from the test center. Such violations are grounds for score cancellation, and test takers who receive a notice of violation may be subject to an LSAC investigation by the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, the Questioned Test Score Review Board, or both.
Prohibited electronic items include (but are not limited to):
- Cell phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
- Digital, smart, alarm, beeping, and/or calculator watches
- Electronic timers of any kind
- Fitness tracking devices
- Personal computers
- Photographic or recording devices
- Listening devices
- Headsets, iPods, or other media players
- Electronic cigarettes
No Weapons or Firearms
A test taker in possession of a weapon or firearm will be issued an LSAC Violation and will be immediately dismissed from the test center. Such violations are grounds for score cancellation, and test takers who receive a notice of violation may be subject to an LSAC investigation by the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, the Questioned Test Score Review Board, or both.
However, for state-owned test centers/locations only, in U.S. states where firearms are allowed under a “right-to-carry” law, state law supersedes LSAC policy.
Other Test Center Violations
Test takers who violate ANY other test center regulations could be given a warning, could be dismissed from the test center, or could have their score cancelled by LSAC, which will display on reports sent to law schools.
Examples of other test center violations are:
- Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
- Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
- Creating a disturbance. The test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.
- Removing or attempting to remove test content from the testing room. This includes making notes on paper, erasers, or other items and removing them from the testing room. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes test materials and/or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares LSAT test content prior to LSAC’s disclosure of that test.
- Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during the break. You may not leave the building or the floor where the test room is located. Test center staff will define the break area.
- Giving or receiving help, copying, or other forms of cheating.
- Failing to follow the directions of test center staff.
- Possessing books, earplugs, paper, or bags of any kind (except ziplock).
Additional violations that apply to paper-and-pencil LSAT administrations include:
- Reading, working on, marking, erasing, or darkening anything during unauthorized times, either beyond time limits or in the wrong section of the book or answer sheet.
In some cases, test takers who commit these violations may be subject to an LSAC Investigation by the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, the Questioned Test Score Review Board, or both.
Ownership and Rights
Test takers must respect the ownership and intellectual property rights of LSAC over all test items and test materials. Any violation of LSAC’s intellectual property rights could lead to cancellation of a test taker's score, a ban preventing that test taker from testing in the future, prosecution in accordance with applicable law, or the pursuit of other remedies by LSAC.
Frequently Asked Questions
What information about my LSAT experience am I allowed to share with others?
You may share general information, such as how you felt about the test center, the exam overall, or a section of the test. Sharing more details, such as information about a particular passage or a particular question and how you answered it, is prohibited.
Can I discuss details about the test orally, such as in a casual conversation?
No. The Candidate Agreement clearly states that sharing test details orally, in writing, on the internet, or through any other means or media is prohibited. This rule is necessary to ensure that the test remains fair for all test takers.
What is the penalty for sharing test details?
LSAC retains complete ownership rights to the LSAT, and it reserves the right to pursue all suitable courses of action to prevent fraudulent or unauthorized uses of its property and to prevent the compromise of secure test materials.
By accepting the Candidate Agreement, what am I authorizing LSAC and law schools to do?
Accepting the Candidate Agreement means that you are giving LSAC permission to release information from your file — including, but not limited to, the information contained on the Candidate Agreement form, your LSAT score, and information regarding any alleged misconduct or irregularities in the admission process. You are also giving the law schools to which you apply permission to release information to LSAC.
What else am I agreeing to by accepting the Candidate Agreement?
By accepting the Candidate Agreement, you are certifying that you are the candidate whose name appears on the registration, and that you plan to take the LSAT for the sole purpose of being considered for admission to law school. You are further certifying that all the information on the form, as well as other information and materials submitted to LSAC for your file, are complete and accurate.
What items are prohibited during an LSAT administration?
All electronic devices — including electronic cigarettes, digital watches, cell phones, calculators, cameras, personal computers, listening devices, and media players — are prohibited. Additionally, you may not bring timers of any kind, books, papers, rulers, mechanical pencils, ink pens, briefcases, handbags, backpacks, or earplugs. Firearms or weapons of any kind are also prohibited. Visit the Candidate Agreement page for a full list of prohibited items.
What items of clothing are prohibited?
Hats or hoods, except religious apparel, may not be worn. Sunglasses may not be worn.
What is the penalty for bringing a prohibited item into the test center?
Prohibited items will be subject to confiscation, and test center supervisors will report to LSAC any violation of test center procedures that occurs during the administration. For paper-and-pencil test takers only, an LSAT Violation Notice may also be issued by test center staff and submitted to LSAC. Some violations of test center procedures are subject to score cancellation policies. You may also be subject to an LSAC investigation that could lead to a finding of misconduct or irregularity — which then can be shared with the law schools to which you apply.
Do these prohibitions apply to the entire test day?
Yes. The policy is enforced from the time test takers arrive to the time they leave, including during the break.