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Preparing for the Law School Admissions Test

The ILPA provides information about LSAT preparation methods and courses because for many law school aspirants, preparing for and taking the LSAT is the most stressful part of the law school admission process. The LSAT is not a test of legal knowledge, but rather a standardized measure of the verbal reasoning and acquired reading skills that law school hopefuls have developed over the course of their lifetime and education.

The LSAT is offered several 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, which is taken separately. Ideally, current undergraduates planning to apply to law school in their senior year should plan to take the LSAT in either summer or fall of their final year to take advantage of early decision options, and no later than December for regular decision.

Law school aspirants will want to be intimately familiar with the types of questions used on the LSAT. Students can find a sample at the LSAC Website.

Once law school aspirants understand the nature of the questions on the LSAT, they will want to take several timed practice exams, including the writing sample, to help them 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.

For LSAT preparation, LSAC has partnered with Khan Academy, which provides cost free individualized preparation materials. There is also a number of live and online commercial courses that students can enroll in to help study the LSAT. The ILPA does not endorse any particular course for LSAT preparation. We encourage law school hopefuls to carefully consider their strengths and weaknesses and evaluate different courses to select the course best suited to them. The UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy incorporates LSAT workshops into the curriculum.