Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and Law school admissions test (LSAT)

 

Law School Admission Council (LSAC):

The Law School Admission Council is where prospective law students will submit all law school applications. They are responsible for coordinating the application process, administering the LSAT, as well as collecting transcripts and reference letters for applications. The LSAC website is an excellent resource for information. You can obtain LSAT prep materials, including some free copies of past LSAT exams. The site also features extensive information on ABA approved law schools. The LSAC law school database is searchable and makes comparing law schools easy.

To visit the LSAC website: http://www.lsac.org/

 

Law School Admission Test (LSAT):

The LSAT is an exam designed to test a prospective student’s reading and logical reasoning skills, and is a foremost factor when law schools review a prospective student’s application. Here is some information that may be helpful for students planning on taking the LSAT test.

Test Explanation:

The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for law school. The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections that are 35 minutes each, including a logic game section, two logical reasoning sections, and a reading comprehension section. There is also a fifth multiple choice section that is used for research, this section (sometimes called the “variable section”) is not scored. There is also a writing sample section that is not scored, and will be sent to the schools you apply to, along with your LSAT score.

Michigan State provides an excellent resource to help student understand the LSAT. They provide online webinar presentations that last from 20-45 minutes. To take advantage of this opportunity, visit the Michigan State website here.

Preparation: 

Students who wish to reach their maximum potential on the LSAT should consider preparing for the test several months ahead of the test date. There are many different ways to study and prepare for the test, but here are some suggestions.

  • The LSAC website offers some preparation materials for free, such as video tutorials, and sample questions.
  • Past LSAT exams are available for purchase on the LSAC website.
  • Western Oregon University attempts to offer a weekend LSAT prep course every year, for more information contact Dr. Henkels at henkelm@wou.edu.
  • For students who excel at self-study, LSAT prep books are available for purchase online.

Many students also purchase LSAT prep courses. It is very important to consider carefully before purchasing such a course, as there is a wide variety of options, and each student should pick the course that best fits their needs. Students should consider whether or not they wish to take an online course or a live in class course, do research on the quality of the course, and consider the price of each. Here are some of the most commonly used LSAT prep courses.

Here is one students experience when searching for an LSAT prep course:

When I began looking for an LSAT prep course to purchase, I was reluctant to spend such a significant amount of money on the course, most of them cost right around $1000. When I did more research though I found out how much more scholarship money would be available to me by improving my LSAT score just a small amount. So I set out to do as much research as possible. At first I sought out a class that I could take in person, because I felt I would learn more that way. After significant searching, I found that there were no classes available within reasonable driving distance. So I decided to settle for a live online course (it was cheaper anyway). I then had to find a course that was rated highly, and offered a live online course. I narrowed it down to three, Powerscore, Princeton Review, and Kaplan. All three had strong reputations. After looking at available classes for all three, I settled on Princeton Review, although it was the most expensive, it had by far the most options available for class times. The last thing I did was get online and search for coupons. Pretty much every LSAT Prep course has discount codes available if you look for them, and you can get $100-200 off.

Registration:

The LSAC administers the LSAT, and registration can be done on the LSAC website. Typically four LSAT exams are administered per year, in June, September/October, December, and February. Make sure to register as early as possible, as seats in testing centers near you may fill up quickly.

LSAT Retake:

When deciding when to take the LSAT, be sure to leave enough time to retake the test and still turn in applications on time. If you receive a score that you aren’t happy with, you can retake the LSAT. Law schools will be able to see all of your scores on the test, but will typically only count the highest score. If you wish to cancel your LSAT before receiving your score, you may fill out the form to do so on the LSAC website, but it must be done within six days.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments contact Dr. Henkels at henkelsm@wou.edu.