The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is exactly as it sounds, a requirement for admission to most accredited law schools. Although there is some discussion about some schools accepting the GRE for upcoming application cycles, the LSAT is the only exam officially recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) which is the accrediting association for law schools. So the only safe bet at this time is to go ahead and register for the LSAT.
What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is one of many factors taken into consideration during the admission process to any ABA-accredited law school. They will look at previous transcripts, resumes, and letters of recommendations. But the exam plays a large role as it is a fair-across-the-board way to measure you against other applicants.
Consisting of six separate sections, the exam takes approximately three and a half hours and measures the test-takers skills and abilities in areas applicable to learning and practicing law. The sections are reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, two separate logical reasoning sections, an unscored experimental-question section and an unscored writing portion. The first four make up your actual score while the fifth is just for test officials to experiment with new questions and formats. The final writing portion does not factor into the score but your written piece is sent off to each school you apply to.
A Brief History
In 1945, Columbia Law School Admissions Director Frank Bowles took on the task of filling the need for a better admissions test for law school applicants. Partnering with representatives from Harvard and Yale Law School’s the group began drafting what would be the first version of the LSAT. Many other schools were open to experimenting with the final version they created and after a meeting with many schools represented in late 1947, the first LSAT exam was administered the following year.
Associated Fees For the Exam
There are a few different factors to keep in mind when looking at fees for the LSAT including the basic fees and possible auxiliary fees. Here is a basic breakdown:
Basic Administration Information
If you’re planning on taking the LSAT, some of most important questions you may have is where and when can you take it. The exam is administered by the Law School Admission Council four times a year starting in June. The most popular exam is the September/October timeframe as people prepare for the following year’s admission. The final two options are December and February. The LSAC announced that they will began administering the exam six times a year starting with the 2018-2019 cycle.
The exam can be taken at different testing sites where you will need to plan on spending half the day. Each of the six sections is 35 minutes and when added with breaks will take a bit of time. After you’re finished though, you are one step closer to reaching your goal of eventually graduating law school and landing the job of your dreams.