If you want to become a lawyer, there are steps you need to take to achieve this goal. A critical aspect of getting into law school is taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Take the first step to becoming a lawyer by grabbing your briefcase and start studying for the LSAT.

What Is the Law School Admission Test?

The LSAT is a half-day standardized test administered by The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The test is designed to assess key skills that are needed to succeed in law school that include reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical and verbal reasoning. The Law School Admissions Test is the only test accepted for admission by all ABA-accredited law schools.

What Is on the Test?

The test consists of four sections, and you are given 35 minutes to complete each section.

  • Logical reasoning has two sections and makes up 50 percent of your score. In this section, you will read a short passage then questions about each passage. This part tests your ability to analyze and evaluate an argument.

  • Reading comprehension has four sections, each with five to eight questions. You will need to make sense of the text in terms of structure, point of view, and purpose rather than understand the facts. One passage is a Paired Passage that has questions about comparing and contrasting two passages. This section is worth 27 percent of your score. 

  • Logic Games has a set of statements, rules, or conditions. You have to make deductions that test your analytical reasoning. It is worth 23 percent of your score.

  • The experimental section is included by the LSAC as a predictor of what questions might appear on future versions of the LSAT. This section is unscored, so don’t spend too much time on the questions in this section.

  • Writing sample is one essay that isn’t scored but is sent along with your results, so the law school can see how you express yourself.

When Should You Register for the Test?

You will want to register early for the LSAT. Ideally, you want to give yourself at least one month to six weeks before the date you choose to study. Most schools require the test to be taken by December for the following fall admission. It is often advised that you take the test even earlier in June, September, or October. The upcoming dates are:

  • Monday, November 25, 2019

  • Monday, January 3, 2020

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Saturday, April 25, 2020

How to Prepare for the Test

When it comes to preparing for the LSAT, you will want to purchase study guide and materials to help you become proficient in grammar and logic as these are the language of the law. The LSAT tests your ability to analyze and decipher complicated sentences. Once you understand what the questions and answers say, you will need logic to understand how things play out — concepts like validity, conditional statements, and premises.

Sign up for an LSAT prep course either in person or on-line. Prep courses are designed to help you know what expect on the test, tips, and tricks to answering the questions on the test, and you also have the chance to ask questions of the person running the course. Prep courses are a great way to practice for the LSAT. You will have the opportunity to take practice tests that are timed like the real one, so you have an idea of what to expect on the day you take the LSAT.

Joining a study group or finding someone to study with will help you. Either one is an excellent way for you want to take as practice tests. Make sure you review your answers before grading your practice test; do a “blind review.” As you take your practice test, make sure to circle the questions you are unsure of. Once you finish, take your time and go over each question without looking at the answer. Then when you mark your test, you will have your real score and your blind score. If your blind review score is low, then you need to work on your grammar and logic. If your blind review score is high, then you need to work on your speed.

Make a solid timeline, plan your study time, and register early for the LSAT to help you prepare for the test. 


 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel