Benefits of Taking the LSAT

The American Bar Association (ABA) is considering changes in law school accreditation standards that may make admission tests other than the LSAT an option. These changes have not been finalized. If they are, each law school will be able to determine its own admission test requirements. Please make sure to carefully review the specific requirements for each law school that you may be interested in applying to.

Considerations

LSAT vs. GRE Differences

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.

FAQs

  1. I heard that law schools are going to be able to decide which test, if any, they will require for admission. I am not sure if I should take a test, or which one.

    It is up to each law school to determine its requirements for admission. We expect that the vast majority of law schools will continue to require the LSAT, but it is best to check each law school’s specific requirements.

  2. There is a GRE comparison tool provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that predicts a test taker’s LSAT score. Is this an accurate comparison?

    We suggest caution in using the comparison tool, as it oversimplifies one’s GRE scores to an equivalent LSAT score. It is not an accurate, apples-to-apples comparison, and users should beware that the predicted LSAT score can be misleading.

    • It predicts LSAT scores based on test scores from 1,587 admitted law school students from 21 law schools who took both the GRE and LSAT exams. Typically, over 50,000 law school applicants take the LSAT per year, raising concerns about the accurate predictability of a limited sample of 1,587 scores.
    • The scores used were derived from only “admitted” law school students. Given that the GRE Comparison Tool is intended to be used by law schools and applicants making admission decisions—those not yet admitted—it’s troubling that the tool was developed using scores from only admitted students.
    • Users of the GRE Comparison Tool have determined that certain LSAT scores don’t come up at all, regardless of what combinations of GRE scores are entered.
  3. If I have an LSAT score and a GRE score, does my LSAT score have to be reported to the law schools?

    LSAC will automatically report the results of all LSATs in your file, including cancellations and absences, for five years. The scores are averaged and are also listed separately. Applicants cannot replace an LSAT score on record with a GRE score. Applicants may wish to retake the LSAT if they think they can do considerably better.

  4. I have a GRE score and am submitting my application through my LSAC account. Do I have to do something special to make sure my CAS report goes out?

    No. A CAS report will go out if it matches the minimum requirements of the school requesting the report. For a school that does not require an LSAT score, LSAC must have received all of your transcripts and the number of letters of recommendation required by the school in order to send out the CAS report.

  5. Will my GRE score appear on my CAS report?

    No, but you can arrange for ETS to send it to any law school that accepts GRE scores.

  6. If I take the GRE after my LSAT/CAS report has been sent to a law school, will another CAS report go out?

    LSAC will not know that you have taken the GRE, and the score will not come to LSAC for inclusion in CAS reporting, but updated reports will go to a school if other new information is added to your account (i.e., if a new transcript comes in, or if you take the LSAT again).

  7. How will the law schools get my CAS report if I do not have an LSAT score?

    A law school can request the report without a score once you apply.

  8. I have a GRE score and am taking an upcoming LSAT. If all of my transcripts and LORs are with LSAC, will my report go out to the law school that just needs the GRE? Or will it not be sent until my LSAT score is available?

    The law school would have to request the report without an LSAT score after you apply. Once there is an LSAT score, an update will go to the school.

If you have any other test score questions, or any questions about the LSAT, LSAC services, or law school admission, please call us at 215.968.1001 or email us at LSACinfo@LSAC.org.

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