LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Upcoming test dates:

September 21, 2019
October 28, 2019
November 25, 2019
January 13, 2020
February 22, 2020
March 30, 2020
April 25, 2020

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an admission requirement for almost* all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Beginning in July 2019, the LSAT switched to an all-digital format and is offered nine times a year (every month except May, August, and December). The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Test sittings are scheduled for Monday afternoons or Saturday mornings, depending on the month.

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 2019, there are over 40 law schools that accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission. If you have already taken the LSAT, the law schools require you to submit your LSAT score in addition to your GRE. Beyond that, each school has its own rules and processes regarding applying with the GRE. Please check the relevant law school websites for more information. See below for more on whether you should take the LSAT or the GRE.

GRE or LSAT?

In 2016, for the first time, an ABA-accredited law school began accepting the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to law school. As of August 2019, over 40 ABA-accredited law schools accept the GRE for admission. That’s 20% of the accredited law schools, and they range from most selective to least selective. The...read more »

When should I take the LSAT?

The LSAT is offered 9 times a year—every month except May, August, and December. 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...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 I 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. If LSAC grants your fee waiver,...read more »