Preparing for the LSAT
About the LSAT
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test that measures reading and verbal reasoning skills. It is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The test is administered four times a year: June, October, December and February. Law schools require the LSAT for admission and use the score as one of several factors in assessing an applicant.
The test consists of five 35 minute sections of multipile choice questions, four of which count towards the test-taker's score. The fifth section is an experimental, unscored section. The placement of the unscored section will vary, and will be unknown to test-takers. At the end of the test is a 30 minute unscored writing sample, which requires students to write an essay response to a prompt.
Please visit the Law School Admission Council website for a more detailed description of the LSAT, including the types of questions asked and information about retaking the test.
The LSAC reviews requests for accomodated testing on a case-by-case basis. Click this link to see a brochure describing the process for requesting an accomodation. Individuals interested in requesting an accomodation for the LSAT must submit the Accomodations Request Packet directly to the LSAC. Find the packet and more information about accomodated testing on the LSAC website.
Please refer any questions regarding testing accomodations for the LSAT to the University's Psychological Services Center.
LSAT Prep Courses
A variety of organizations provide programs to prepare students to take the LSAT. Below are links to several programs.
The SLU Pre-Law Department LSAT Prep Course
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Courses
Kaplan Test Preparation