The Law School Admissions Test

The Law School Admissions Test

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all law schools that are members of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). It provides a standard measure of reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations, including Syracuse, New York.

The LSAT consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions, in three different formats. A 30-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Four of the five sections contribute to your score. The fifth section typically is used to pretest new test items. The writing sample is not scored: copies of it are sent to the law schools.

Some law schools place greater weight than others on the LSAT. A low LSAT score will hamper your chances for admission, particularly at the most competitive schools. However, most law schools make a genuine effort to evaluate all your credentials. There is a registration fee for the LSAT, but it can be waived for qualified applicants. Information on the LSAT and fee waivers is available from ESF’s Pre-law advisor, Dr. Malmsheimer, and from the LSAC.

The LSAC’s Law School Data Assembly Service

Almost all ABA-approved law schools require applicants to use the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Law schools will not accept materials that are not processed by the LSDAS, so you must use (and pay for) this service.

The LSDAS prepares and provides a Law School Applicant Report for law schools. The report contains information that law schools use to make a decision on your application.

Information contained in the report includes:

  1. Your undergraduate academic summary,
  2. Copies of all your undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional transcripts,
  3. Your LSAT scores and writing sample copies, and
  4. Copies of your letters of recommendation, which your references mail directly to the LSAC.

You can get more information on the LSDAS from the LSAC.

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