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If you’re applying to law school, you’ll have to take the LSAT. Here’s an overview of what to expect and how to prepare. For details, see the Law School Admission Council’s About the LSAT page.


The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council. Registration typically closes more than a month before the test date, so be sure to register early. It is now offered six times a year. 

About the Test

The LSAT is a five-section, multiple-choice, standard-scored aptitude test, followed by a 30-minute writing sample. The test takes 3 hours and 25 minutes, not including rest breaks and procedures.

Preparing for the Test

The LSAT is a skills-based test, so consistent practice over time makes a difference. Prep courses offer structure, while working through books on your own offers autonomy. Choose the method that works best for you.

Take a Positive Approach

As you prepare for the LSAT, keep a positive outlook:

  • Remember your past successes.
  • Focus your energies in constructive ways.
  • Think of the ways you have been and can be resourceful and resilient.
  • Focus your energies in constructive ways.
  • Determine what works for you. Well meaning people will offer advice. Listen carefully and make your own choices deliberately.
  • You can take the test again. Law schools will see and consider the highest score.
  • You have the option of canceling a test.
  • Take several full-length practice tests over time so you know how you will perform over the length of the test period.
  • Review your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on getting the points you can get and move on. Establish your patterns in the sections where you feel you can do well. Study your answers on practice tests.
  • This is one more test. It is required as part of your law school application. Thinking your way through the process is effective; dwelling on the value or the meaning of the test is not.
  • Take one step at a time. You can get through this. Get your score, and then meet with advisors to decide what to do next.


Additional LSAT Resources

Law School Admission Council
The LSAC, which administers the LSAT, offers information on LSAT registration, financing graduate school, and Law School Forums.

Kahn Academy has partnered with the Law School Admission Council to offer a completely free LSAT preparation online course.

BC Continuing Education Program Test Prep