LSAT and Law School Resources
Below is a list of LSAT dates and deadlines, as well as some helpful information and links from the Law School Admissions Council website.
2017-2018 LSAT Dates and Deadlines
- Saturday, September 16, 2017
- Monday, September 18, 2017 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)
- Saturday, December 2, 2017
- Monday, December 4, 2017 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)
- Saturday, February 10, 2018
- Monday, February 12, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)
Other dates and deadlines: www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines
Use this link to view LSAT fees and payment information from the LSAC website: www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/lsat-cas-fees.
More Information About the LSAT
The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report.
A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
There are three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT:
- Reading comprehension questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school.
- Analytical reasoning questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure.
- Logical reasoning questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language.
To register for the LSAT, create and LSAC account, or explore other helpful resources, visit the LSAC website at www.lsac.org/jd.
Preparing for the LSAT
Very few people achieve their full potential on the LSAT without preparation. The amount of preparation you put into studying for the LSAT will be reflected in your score. At the very least, you should take a practice test, including the writing sample, under actual time constraints and test conditions. A full-length, proctored LSAT is offered every semester by the Office of Pre-Law Advising. Check our events page for more information about the practice LSAT.
Free official prep materials are offered on LSAC's website:
- Sample Questions with Explanations: Descriptions of the three LSAT question types, along with some basic test-taking strategies. (A printer-friendly version (PDF) is also available.)
- June 2007 LSAT: A complete sample test. (A printer-friendly version (PDF) is also available.)
- LSAT en español: A complete sample test en español. (A printer-friendly version (PDF) is also available.)
The Office of Pre-Law Advising also has LSAT prep books available for Pre-Law students to check-out and official LSAT practice tests available for purchase.
Law School Application Checklist
- Meet with the Pre-Law advisor at your undergraduate school as early as possible. Your advisor can help you prepare for the application process by giving advice on undergraduate course selection, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation, and school choice.
- Create your secure LSAC.org account: it’s your gateway to the law school admission process and will help you track the status of everything related to your applications. Law schools have a variety of application requirements and deadlines that you must meet to be considered for admission. The My Calendar feature in your LSAC.org account will help you remember important deadlines. Your LSAC account number will be your primary identifier for all LSAC services.
- Register and prepare for the LSAT. Many law schools will require you to take the LSAT by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is advised. Make sure you schedule your LSAT date so that you’ll have plenty of time to obtain your score before your first law school application is due. Preparing for the LSAT is a must to ensure that you’ll do as well as you possibly can on the day of the test.
- Research law schools. Before you begin applying it is important to know your options. A great way to begin exploring law schools is to attend the annual KSU Law Fair in September, where more than 40 law schools will be present to speak with you about everything from financial aid to programs and clinics and more. Another great resource is the Boston College Law School Locator. The website 7Sage also offers a through breakdown of law school rankings, LSAT and GPA's, and a GPA Calculator.
- Attend a Law School Forum to meet more than 100 law school recruiters face-to-face. Forums also feature workshops about the legal profession, the benefits of a law degree, LSAT prep, and more.
- Pay for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) long before your first law school application deadline. CAS is required by all ABA-approved law schools and will help streamline your application process by only requiring you to submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation once to LSAC. LSAC will compile these materials in your law school report.
- Request all required transcripts. Allow LSAC at least two weeks from the time of receipt to process your US or Canadian transcripts. (More time is required to process international transcripts.)
- View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized. Make sure it is complete and accurate.
- Request letters of recommendation. (School requirements vary.) Download forms from your LSAC.org account, and allow LSAC two weeks from the time of receipt to process your recommendations.
- Register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so law schools can recruit YOU.
- Apply online to as many US law schools as you choose through your LSAC.org account.
Another great resource to help you research law firms and discover internships is Vault. Vault contains information about law firms all over the country and allows you to search for firms by location, practice area, diversity, and more.
Myths About Law School
Developed by Judge Richard Poland, Flagler College.
Myth # 1: A Law School Admissions Committee will only look at your GPA for the last 60 academic hours. In fact, the student’s entire collegiate academic record is fully examined and considered. Doing better academically as a junior and senior may give you material for your personal statement because you matured and became focused, but your cumulative and uniform GPA is what the committee will consider.
Myth # 2: If I attend University X as an undergraduate, then I will have a more competitive chance to gain admission into University X Law School. Many students also believe that their chances are diminished if they attend University X as an undergraduate. The truth is that it does not matter. Most law schools do not have the seating capacity to accept every applicant from its own institution, even if the Admission Committee wanted to do that. Each applicant is considered on his or her own merits.
Myth # 3: If you take the LSAT more than once, every law school will average your score. In fact, many law schools will look more closely at your second score. If it is significantly higher and if there’s a reasonable explanation, the second score can carry more weight. Again, you should address the reason for this higher score in your personal statement. Nevertheless, most law schools will average your LSAT score because LSAC and ABA data reflects the averaged score.
Myth # 4: A “WP” on your transcript will always create a negative impression. While a pattern of WPs scattered throughout your transcript might indicate that you are course shopping for an easy A, there may be a reasonable explanation. Four or five WPs during one semester may indicate sickness or a serious emergency. One or two WPS may merely indicate that the course content was not what you had expected. The applicant’s personal statement should state an explanation.
Myth # 5: It is best not to disclose a DUI or a misdemeanor on your application. Answering all questions truthfully is the course of action the student should always pursue. Lying will create a bigger problem than the truth. When given advice to lie on a law school application, you should consider seeking advice elsewhere. A pre-law advisor is always a good place to begin.
Myth # 6: There is a magic undergraduate major that will put me at the head of the admission’s line. While some majors may have a reputation of requiring critical thinking and thoughtful writing, how can an Admissions Committee possibly determine whether one particular major at your institution is more rigorous than another major? Or whether a particular major at your institution is more rigorous than that same major at other institutions? Take courses that encourage you to think and write, knowing that there is no magic major.
Myth # 7: Rolling admissions means apply early and my lesser credentials will gain me admission. If you are a presumptive admittee, you will most likely be admitted whenever you apply. If you are not, you will not. If the law school to which you are applying has an early admission policy, then you should apply early. Remember that applying early is always preferred over applying late. Having your applications mailed by Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb.
Myth # 8: Strong letters of recommendation from important people will trump my low grades and poor LSAT score. While positive letters of recommendation are a plus, it is ultimately your academic record and your specialness that will gain a seat for you in next year’s class.
Myth # 9: Only geniuses should apply. Having practiced law for 20 years and presided as a probate judge for 18, I am living proof that this is, indeed, a mere myth. A solid work ethic and superior people skills are just as important for a successful career in law.