LSAT Prep Plan

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is an exceedingly important component of your law school application, and for some schools, it is the most important factor that is considered during the admissions process. The test is administered by the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) four times each year (February, June, October, and December). If you took the SAT to get into college, then you know the routine. The LSAT is a similar experience, but much harder.

THE BAD NEWS

Taking the LSAT is a marathon. The tests are a total of 175 minutes long and the writing sample is 30 minutes long. When you add in the time for administrative work and a break, the whole LSAT test day “experience”  is 4 to 5 hours long. Any practice tests you take will be administered in blocks of several hours to simulate the test day experience.

THE GOOD NEWS

The LSAT doesn’t tend to change much from year to year. It has been essentially the same test for over 20 years. This means that if you take enough practice tests and learn the right strategies, you can effectively prepare for the test. The LSAT is a “beatable” test (unlike the GMAT and SAT, where prep companies can’t help as much). Companies like Kaplan have spent decades decoding the LSAT – it is no wonder why tens of thousands of students use them every year.

Why is the LSAT so important?

The LSAT Test Sections

The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections with a total of about 101 questions.

Logical Reasoning (Arguments)

Analyze logical statements for errors

  • 24-26 questions
  • 35 minutes

Analytical Reasoning (Games)

Solve complex deductive logic puzzles

  • 24 questions
  • 35 minutes

Reading Comprehension

Read passages and answer questions

  • 26-28 questions
  • 35 minutes

Experimental

Qualifying questions for future LSAT tests

  • Ungraded
  • 35 minutes
  • Depends on the section

Writing Sample

Write a short essay

  • Ungraded
  • 30 minutes

In addition to the multiple choice sections above (Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning Games, Reading Comprehension), you will have to produce a Writing Sample in the form of a short essay. The essay is not scored, but it is sent with your application to law schools. Law schools usually do not use it as a significant part of your admissions process. Nevertheless, it is important to put effort into writing this essay in the off chance that it is read. Since many applicants use consultants to write their admissions essays, the LSAT writing sample is one place for admissions evaluators to see how you actually write.