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What is the LSAT?

  • LSAT stands for the Law School Admission Test. It is required by almost all law schools for admission. Although mentioned elsewhere on this website, it should be taken as early as possible.  You can register for the LSAT at

  • Preparation is important for the LSAT. This is not like studying for most exams. You will not memorize information or facts, but instead you need to prepare by taking sample tests, timing yourself, understanding the types of questions that will be asked, and practicing, practicing, practicing. The LSAC publishes "The Official LSAT Handbook", which is available through It describes in detail the types of questions, and provides a number of hints on how to prepare. There are a number of LSAT prep tools available through

  • Taking sample LSAT exams is a great method of preparation. On this website there is a link to a sample LSAT test through Lovejoy Library.

  • You want to go in as prepared as possible the first time you take the exam, and score as high as you can! The scores range from 120-180, and clearly the higher the better, both for admission possibilities at your law school of choice, and for increased scholarship and grant opportunities. So, preparing well may save you money in the long term! 


Acknowledgement is made to the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2011 Edition, and The Official LSAT Handbook (2010), for much of the information provided on this page, as well as the various websites referenced herein. Some information was also suggested by the James Madison University Pre-law Program website.


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