Information about the LSAT

LSAT Overview – all details about the LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a required entrance examination for law school in the United States, where its use is near-universal. A handful of other countries use the LSAT as well, but it is primarily an American phenomenon (this is partially because law study is conducted exclusively at the graduate level in the USA). The LSAT is a difficult exam, and success requires significant advance preparation. The first step in the LSAT preparation process is to gather as much accurate information about the test and its use in law school admissions as possible. As an introduction to a number of important topics relevant to the LSAT, please have a look at the following pages:

  • LSAT Basics
    Visit this page for a brief overview of the LSAT as an assessment, a summary of LSAT availability, a discussion of the LSAT's use in law school admissions, and important statistics relevant to employment outcomes. We also list the available methods of LSAT preparation to help prospective law students make informed choices about their LSAT study and its effect on law school applications.
  • LSAT Format
    This page offers test-takers an overview of the format of the LSAT, featuring a brief summary of each LSAT section. Topics covered include the number of questions per section, the question types students will see on the examination, and the Law School Admission Council's goals and reasons for including these particular exercises on the LSAT.
  • LSAT Changes
    The most important recent change to the LSAT is the introduction of a digital test in 2019. Read this page for a summary of digital LSAT features, technology, and implementation. LSAC is also increasing the number of available test dates and separating the writing sample from the other exam sections. Other topics discussed include GRE acceptance among law schools and recent content changes to the LSAT.
  • LSAT Administration
    On this page, LSAT students can find information on the administration of the LSAT. We discuss the difference between a disclosed LSAT and a nondisclosed LSAT, summarize the reasons for nondisclosure, offer an overview of international, Spanish, and alternative LSAT testing, highlight the procedures for requesting accommodations, and outline the score reporting process.
  • LSAT Registration
    This page includes everything test-takers need to know about LSAT registration. Learn how to find test centers and test dates, how to sign up for the LSAT either online or by phone, and how to make sure that you meet all registration deadlines. We also discuss LSAC's Credential Assembly Service and all of the fees associated with taking the LSAT.
  • LSAT Test-Taking Strategy
    Read this page for a series of strategic approaches to preparing for and taking the LSAT. You'll find out how to use publicly available resources to set target LSAT scores, how to make best use of diagnostic and practice tests, how much time you should plan on spending in preparation for the exam, how to divide your study time, and how to use adequate self-care to maximize your performance.
  • LSAT Scores
    Visit this page for a concise yet comprehensive overview of LSAT scoring. Learn about raw LSAT scores, scaled LSAT scores, and how the LSAT writing sample factors into the law school admission process. Other topics covered include LSAT score percentiles, LSAT score expectations at various types of law schools, and LSAT score reporting for test-takers and institutions.
  • LSAT History
    Development of the original LSAT began in 1945, and the test was first officially offered in 1948. See this page for a brief history of the LSAT from the postwar era to the present, including a discussion of standardized testing before the LSAT, a summary of pre-LSAT tests for law school admission, an overview of LSAT development and revisions over the years, and statistics on the growth of the exam.
  • LSAT India
    The LSAT India is a unique version of the LSAT used only by that country's law schools. Read this page for an overview of the LSAT India's purpose and a summary of LSAT India content, structure, timing, scoring, registration, and administration. Also discussed are LSAT India score expectations at Indian law schools and how acceptance of the LSAT India differs from that of the standard LSAT.