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Need to Know: How to register for the LSAT

Published April 24, 2018

Nearly all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools require the LSAT as one component of an admission file. It is important that you take the proper steps to prepare and register for the exam. Here is how!

If you want to attend law school, one of the first things you should do is get familiar with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). According to their website, “LSAC is a nonprofit organization devoted to furthering quality, access, and fairness in law school admission by providing the core products and services that candidates and law schools depend on in the United States and around the world.”

Although some standards and requirements may be shifting with some law schools accepting the GRE to be considered for admission, most law schools still require that you take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Below is how the LSAT is described on the LSAC website:

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.

So how do you register for the LSAT? Visit the LSAC website. There you can select the test administration that you would like to take. Click on the date you would like and it will take you to a registration page that details the deadlines and other important information about each administration. The LSAT costs $180 to take.

If you need any additional information about the LSAT, make sure the visit the LSAT FAQ page. Be sure to utilize the LSAT study materials and resources on the LSAC website. LSAC has teamed up with the Khan Academy to provide FREE LSAT Prep

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Amber Melvin, Esq.'13 is the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the Office of Admissions.


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