LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Upcoming test dates:

July 23, 2018
September 8, 2018
November 17, 2018
January 26, 2019
March 30, 2019
June 3, 2019
July 29, 2019

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an admission requirement for almost* all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Beginning in 2018-19, the LSAT will be offered six times a year (September, November, January, March, June, and July), and by 2019-20, it will be offered in every month except May and December. Also beginning at some as yet unannounced time in 2019, the LSAT will switch to an all-digital format.  The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Traditionally, most test sittings have been scheduled for Saturday mornings, with the summer tests on Monday afternoons. It’s not yet clear what the timing will look like with the expanded and digital offerings. 

The LSAC website section on the LSAT is very comprehensive and is updated frequently. You should refer to it often, throughout the law school application process.

The following pages should answer most of your questions about the LSAT. 

*NOTE: As of July 2018, there are over 20 law schools that will accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for the 2018-19 admission cycle (for Fall 2019 admission). Each school has its own rules regarding applying with the GRE. Please check the relevant law school websites for more information.

When should I take the LSAT?

You should take the LSAT no later than the summer or fall of the year in which you intend to apply, a full year (or more) before you intend to begin law school. If you are still in college and plan to go to law school right after graduation, you...read more »

How should I prepare for the LSAT?

What will the test be like? The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections, four of which are graded: • Reading comprehension questions (one section) • Analytical reasoning questions (one section) • Logical reasoning questions (two sections) One additional section is of one of these three types, but is not scored because it...read more »

Just how important is the LSAT?

For a number of reasons, both good and bad, law school admission committees rely heavily on the LSAT (and undergraduate GPA) in making their admission decisions. Do not fool yourself into believing that the rest of your application is so strong that it will cause the law school to overlook...read more »

How many times should you take the LSAT?

You should plan to take the LSAT just once, and to do your best on it that one time. In addition to the retake considerations outlined below, students who assume they’ll have a second chance if they blow the first test tend not to perform as well as those...read more »

Accommodations for people with disabilities

NOTE: On May 20, 2014, LSAC entered into a settlement with the US Department of Justice and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which resulted in substantial changes in the process for requesting accommodated testing. The consent decree was set to expire in May 2018, but in March 2018, LSAC was held...read more »

Fee waivers

LSAC will grant fee waivers to applicants with demonstrated financial need. Information regarding the fee waiver application process can be found here. The application must be submitted very early in order to be considered, usually six weeks prior to the regular LSAT registration deadline. Fee waivers are available for the...read more »