What LSAT score do I need to get into a good law school?
The higher you score on the LSAT score, the more competitive you will be as an applicant. Realistically, you will want to shoot for above a 150 for admission to a top 50 law school and above a 160 for admission to a top 14 law school. However, a 180 on the LSAT is not some fast track "golden ticket" to law school. In fact, plenty of applicants with average LSAT scores get accepted while people with higher scores are denied admission for one reason or another: arrogance, likelihood of accepting the offer, etc.
LSAT Test Dates
The LSAT is offered in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October and November. The upcoming test dates are:
LSAT Practice Questions/Test
You can find a free practice test on the LSAC website. You can also purchase practice tests on amazon. In order to avoid developing bad test-taking habits, you should try to learn some LSAT strategies before doing too many practice questions. Take a look at some of our LSAT prep recommendations or develop an individualized plan with the Lucky Letter Package.
Your LSAT percentile rank reflects the percentage of candidates that scored below your reported score.
To get an accommodation on the LSAT, you will need to submit a request 6-8 weeks in advance. You can find the required forms here. Typically, you will need to submit: (i) statement of need e.g. what you are struggling with, how it affects your ability to take the test, and why you need the accommodation; (ii) documentation of previous accommodations on high school, college, or standardized tests; (iii) documentation from a medical professional.
LSAT Diagnostic Test
An LSAT diagnostic test can help you find out which sections you will need more practice in. You can find a free one on the Kaplan website.
LSAT Essay/Writing Sample
The LSAT essay/writing sample does not count towards your final score – however, you should still complete it to the best of your ability for two reasons. First, it demonstrates your ability to write something cohesive under time constraints – this will be an indicator of whether you are capable of completing law school exams or meeting tough deadlines. Second, admissions officers might compare your essay to your personal statement – if your writing is vastly different that can be a red flag: (i) they might think you didn't write your personal statement; or (ii) they might think you are not capable of performing under pressure.
There are a lot of LSAT prep books on the market – I personally recommend the PowerScore series. They are entertaining, easy to read, and make studying bearable. You can find the books on their website or on amazon.
LSAT Prep – should I do it?
There are a lot of great LSAT courses on the market – I personally recommend the Kaplan course. They teach you strategies for each section and – whether you participate in the online or in-person version – you will get access to an online portal where you can find hundreds of tutorials and practice questions. The tutorials cover every type of question you might encounter in the logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and logic game sections. The practice questions are also conveniently broken up into "easy", "medium", and "hard" difficulty. Kaplan also offers a %50-%60 discount if you qualify for the tuition assistance program.
You can register for the LSAT online through your LSAC.org account or over the phone at 215.968.1001. To create an LSAC account visit https://os.lsac.org/Logon/Access.aspx
LSAT Raw Score
Your LSAT raw score shows the number of questions you got right on the test. The LSAT typically has 100 to 103 questions so your score will be somewhere between 0 and 100/103.