LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a standardized admission test
for prospective lawyers that is widely used in the United States and
Canada. It is organized by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC),
to which most of the U.S. and Canadian law schools are affiliated.
The results of the LSAT are intended to provide information about
the suitability for studying law.
Target group of the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
All applicants who wish to study Juris Doctor at a US or Canadian
LSAC member university must complete the LSAT. This applies equally
to domestic and international applicants.
The Juris Doctor (JD) is the usual US degree in law. Together
with the passed bar exam, admission to the bar, the Juris Doctor is
required to work as a lawyer in the United States.
However, universities generally do not require an LSAT for
admission to a Master of Laws (LLM) program in the USA or Canada. If
the test has already been taken and completed with a good result,
there is of course no reason not to enclose it with the application
for the LLM.
Exam contents and test structure of the LSAT
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) examines three areas of
- Reading (Reading Comprehension)
- analytical thinking (Analytical Reasoning)
- logical thinking (logical reasoning).
The LSAT lasts a total of 3 hours and 30 minutes and consists
largely of multiple choice questions. There are a total of six
35-minute examination units.
The reading comprehension is checked by means of multiple choice
questions on long and complex texts. The level of difficulty of
these texts is based on the type of texts that the examinees will
have to read and understand later at the law school.
The examination unit for analytical thinking uses multiple-choice
questions to test the extent to which participants recognize
dependency structures in the relationships between people, things or
events and what logical conclusions they draw from them.
The logical thinking is tested in two test units with
multiple-choice questions. This is about the ability to analyze and
assess arguments, which often have a legal connection.
In addition to these areas, there is another multiple-choice
examination unit that is not included in the evaluation. This
so-called variable section can appear at any point in the course of
the exam and is not recognizable as such for the examinee. It is
used by the LSAC to test newly developed exam questions and forms.
At the end of the exam is the sixth and final exam unit, the
so-called writing sample. This is basically a question of decision,
on which the test candidates have to take a stand and justify their
position in writing.
Rating scale of the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
The LSAT is rated on a scale from 120 (low) to 180 (high).
The variable section and the writing sample are not included in
the evaluation. However, all law schools where participants apply
will receive a copy of the writing sample. The weighting of the
writing sample differs depending on the law school. Most law schools
include it to some extent in their decision.
Interested parties can take the LSAT a maximum of three times
within two years. Basically, it is possible to repeat the LSAT to
improve the score. However, it should be noted that the law schools
always receive all test results. If applicants take the LSAT
multiple times, many law schools average their scores from all test
results received. Therefore, it is advisable to prepare carefully
for the LSAT and to take the test only once if possible.
Preparation for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
The organizer LSAC offers various learning aids to prepare for
the LSAT. Some sample questions and a practice test are available on
the official LSAT website. There are also chargeable offers, such as
the Official LSAT Handbook or more extensive test collections for
LSAT: test centers and exam dates
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is offered four times a year
worldwide in February, June, October and December. However, not
every test center also offers all exam dates. In Germany there are
currently two test centers in Munich. In Austria there is a center
in Vienna. There is currently no way to take the LSAT in
A list of all test centers, including the available exam dates,
is available on the official LSAT website. The done signing up for
the LSAT online ; alternatively, however, registration by post or
telephone is also possible. The registration period usually ends
four weeks before the respective examination date.
When choosing the exam date, you should definitely take into
account the application deadline of the law school at which you want
to apply. It may take about a month to get the results.
Costs and payment options
The registration fees for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
amounted to US $ 165. Some law schools also require applicants to
submit their test results through the Credential Assembly Service
(CAS). This is an application service from the LSAC: Applicants do
not submit the LSAT result and their other certificates and
documents to the individual law schools, but only to the CAS. The
latter then forwards the documents to the universities. This service
costs an additional US $ 160, which, if used, results in a total
price of US $ 325. Payment of the fees is possible by credit card,
check or money order.