The Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and is required by nearly all American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools as one component of an admission file. However, there is a growing list of schools beginning to accept either the LSAT or the GRE. To see which schools are currently accepting the GRE, click here.
LSAC still recommends candidates take the LSAT unless they are applying only to a school or schools that will accept the GRE. The ABA, which accredits law schools in the US, has not set its policy regarding the use of GRE scores for law school admission, and has advised schools that if they use a test other than the LSAT, they do so at their own risk. Additionally, current ABA rules state that for a law school applicant to be admitted without LSAT scores, they will need a GRE score in the 85th percentile or above (along with meeting other criteria). Arizona's policy also states that if an applicant has taken the LSAT, the score must be submitted.
The LSAT is a pencil and paper standardized test designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others. Visit the LSAC website to learn more about the LSAT and how to register.
Campus LSAT Preparation Resources
UNT has several resources to help you prepare for the LSAT:
- Online LSAT Minicourse
Lifelong Learning and Professional Development at UNT offers online GRE minicourses. There are two courses and each course is 24 hours long. There is a registration fee for each course. Current UNT faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a discounted rate. Click here for more information.
- LSAT Information from CLASS
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) provides helpful information about the LSAT such as when to take it and how long to prepare. To learn more about the LSAT and the school's recommendations click here.
Online LSAT Preparation Resources
There are several online resources that provide free preparation resources and tools for the LSAT. Some of these also have additional resources you can pay for, but this is not always necessary.
- LSAC, the LSAT testmaker, has some helpful free resources which allows students the opportunity to become more familiar with the different components of the test.
- FAQ LSAC has compiled a helpful list of their most frequently asked questions organized by "Before the Test", "Day of the Test", and "After You Take the Test".
- Sample Questions with Explanations Descriptions of the three LSAT question types, along with some basic test-taking strategies.
- June 2007 LSAT A complete sample test.
- General Test Prep Video This video contains general test-taking tips, straight from LSAC’s Test Development Group.
- Analytical Reasoning Test Prep Video This video contains test-taking tips specifically for the Analytical Reasoning section, straight from LSAC’s Test Development Group.
- Logical Reasoning Test Prep Video This video contains test-taking tips specifically for the Logical Reasoning section, straight from LSAC’s Test Development Group.
- Reading Comprehension Test Prep Video This video contains test-taking tips specifically for the Reading Comprehension section, straight from LSAC’s Test Development Group.
- Khan Academy has partnered with LSAC to offer LSAT specific videos starting in the later part of 2018. Click here to learn more about this partnership.
- Magoosh.com LSAT Blog provides video lessons and blog posts on many different LSAT topics for all three multiple choice sections and the writing section. They also have free LSAT concepts flashcards.
- McGraw-Hill Prep Center for the LSAT provides instructional videos on strategies for different question types on the LSAT.
- Affordable Colleges has an LSAT Guidebook which covers basic information on the LSAT and resources for making it more affordable.
- Quizlet.com is a free online resource that comes with ready-made flashcards and quizzes made by other students. You can search for the term LSAT to find flashcards and quizzes based on LSAT concepts. You can also create your own flashcards.
- Vocabulary.com is a free online resource that provides word lists. You can search vocabulary lists for the term LSAT to find the different word lists. You can then review the word lists with either the word and definition or just the word. You can also practice the lists in a quiz-like format and it will track your progress so you know what to work on.
- Chegg LSAT Test Prep provides one free full-length LSAT practice test. They have additional paid services if you choose to take that route.
- University of Dayton School of Law provides two different free study timelines for those studying for the LSAT. They have a two- and four-month study plan available.
- LSAT Prep Courses provides information on various prep reviews and advice for students planning to take the LSAT.
If you are looking for information on paid test prep services, you can find reviews, service details, and course descriptions for LSAT prep courses at Reviews.com.