LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Upcoming test dates:

April 10, 11, 2021
June 12+, 2021
August 14+, 2021
October 9+, 2021
November 13+, 2021

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 August 2020, there are over 60 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 April 2021, over 60 ABA-accredited law schools accept the GRE for admission. That’s close to one-third of the accredited law schools, and they range from most selective to...read more »

When should I take the LSAT?

The LSAT is offered 9 times a year (generally once a month except May, December, and either August or September). 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...read more »

How should I prepare for the LSAT?

What will the test be like? The in-person 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...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

Disabled students can and do become successful lawyers. LSAC will accommodate students who cannot take the LSAT under their usual testing conditions. For instance, you can apply to take the test with additional time, if you can document your needs. You can find the current LSAC accommodations request procedures here....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 »