Law School Admission Test: The Basics.
The law school admission test (LSAT) is the standardized test required for admission to the majority of law schools. Think of it as the equivalent of the SAT to college admissions, though the form of the LSAT exam is quite different. The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the test is designed to assess logical, verbal, and reasoning skills. The test itself is administered four times a year (June, September, December, and February) and the cost is approximately $136 to sit for the exam (though there are other fees that will be required for reporting and any other special needs (if you require same)).
Expect to spend at least seven hours at the test center. The scores are scaled in a range from 120 to 180, and you want to receive the highest score possible (the median score is approximately 151). If you ask older attorneys about the test, they might inform you that each time you take the test score will be recorded and whichever schools you apply will see the results of all of your tests. There have been rumors that this policy has changed, and that the schools will only see your highest score, however as of the date of this writing the LSAC website still indicates that all scores will be forwarded to the schools where you apply.
As for the procedures before the LSAT exam, before the test begins you will be asked to produce identification. As a side note, it is not wise to attempt to cheat on the LSAT exam… Ignore what other people are doing, just focus on the problems in front of you. It is useless to copy off of others answer keys because the sections are staggered differently and your #27 may be a different question vs. your neighbor’s #27.
Also, once the time for your section has been called you will not be allowed to go back to that section if you have time left for another section… all of this would be considered cheating. You have reached the point where you are considered an adult… acts such as cheating cannot be excused as immaturity. If you get caught cheating the consequences can be significant and may prevent you from ever becoming a lawyer.
Again, remember that the LSAT and law school are only one small part of the equation; do not neglect investigating lawyer careers and what type of lawyer you can choose to become!
Keep reading the articles on this website and fully prepare yourself to decide whether or not you should become a lawyer!
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