LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Upcoming test dates:

September 16, 2017
December 2, 2017
February 10, 2018
June 11, 2018
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. It will be given four times a year in 2017-18 (June, September, December and February), and beginning in 2018-19, six times a year (September, November, January, March, June, and July) and is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The June test is given on a Monday afternoon and the others on a Saturday morning (individuals who observe a Saturday Sabbath are usually offered a test on the subsequent Monday, or, occasionally, the prior Wednesday or Thursday).

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 January 2018, there are over a dozen law schools that will accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for the 2017-18 admission cycle (for Fall 2018 admission)—Harvard, the University of Arizona, and Georgetown. (Others will begin accepting the GRE for Fall 2019 admission, i.e., the 2018-19 admission cycle.) 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, more »

How should I prepare for the LSAT?

What will the test be like? The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections, each containing one of three different question types: • 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 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 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 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. By its terms, the consent decree expires in May 2018. When we know what, if any, 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 more »