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Preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The ILPA provides information about LSAT preparation methods and courses because for many pre-law candidates, preparing for and taking the LSAT is the most stressful part of the law school admission process. The LSAT is not a test of your legal knowledge, but rather a standardized measure of the verbal reasoning and acquired reading skills that you have developed over the course of your lifetime and education. It is offered 4 times a year, and consists of 5 35-minute multiple choice sections (4 contribute to the score, while one is a variable section used to test new questions) and a 35 minute un-scored writing section. Ideally, current undergraduates planning to apply to law school in their senior year should plan to take the LSAT in either June or October of their final year to take advantage of early decision options, and no later than December for regular decision.

Law school candidates will want to be intimately familiar with the types of questions used on the LSAT. The LSAC publishes a retired LSAT that can be downloaded for free at their site.



Retired LSATs are also available for purchase from the LSAC and are an excellent tool for LSAT preparation. Once you understand the nature of the questions on the LSAT, you will want to take several timed practice exams, including the writing sample, to help you become familiar with the format and develop the pacing and endurance needed to complete the test. Students should plan to spend 3-6 months preparing for the LSAT.

In addition to self-preparation, there are a number of live and online commercial courses that students can enroll in to help prepare for the LSAT. The ILPA does not endorse any particular course for LSAT preparation. We encourage you to carefully consider your strengths and weaknesses as you evaluate different courses, so that you can select the course best suited to you. The UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy incorporates LSAT preparation into the curriculum.

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