LSAT is a standardised test for admission to Law schools in many countries.
The test is conducted by Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
LSAT is conducted four times each year around the world.
What is LSAT?
LSAT or Law School Admission Test is a standardised test for admission to Law schools in US, Canada and many other countries. The test is conducted by Law School Admission Council and measures the skills like reading and comprehension of complex texts; organisation and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; ability to think critically and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
Commencement of Exam
LSAT is conducted four times each year at designated testing centres around the world. Many Law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December. However, taking the test earlier in June or September is advisable.
Students may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score or your score is not otherwise reported.
Eligibility Criteria for LSAT
- A candidate should complete his/her 10+2 if applying for an LLB degree abroad.
- A Bachelor’s degree is required to apply for LLM
Application Procedure for LSAT
There are three ways to apply for LSAT:
- You need to have a “My LSAT Account” to register online.
- You can’t register online if you need a fee reduction, testing accommodation.
- Click here to register
A student can register by calling at LSAC.
Once you have registered for a test during the regular registration period, you may not withdraw or cancel your registration and reregister for that same test during the late registration period.
Fee Structure for LSAT
The LSAT fee for USA is $ 165 while for Canada is $ 164. Students interested in pursuing Law from any other country can contact LSAC directly.
LSAT Exam Format
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The un-scored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which a student apply.
The three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT are:
- Reading Comprehension Questions: The questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The Reading Comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.
- Analytical Reasoning Questions: The questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. A candidate will be asked to reason deductively from a set of statements and rules or principles that describe relationships among persons, things, or events. Analytical Reasoning questions reflect the kinds of complex analyses that a law student performs in the course of legal problem solving.
- Logical Reasoning Questions: The questions assess the ability to analyse, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Each Logical Reasoning question requires the test taker to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer a question about it. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning. These skills include drawing well-supported conclusions, reasoning by analogy, determining how additional evidence affects an argument, applying principles or rules, and identifying argument flaws.