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Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

LSAT Structure

  • Four 35-minute multiple choice sections
  • Three are scored, one is unscored
  • One 35-minute writing sample 
  • will continue to be delivered in an online, live remote-proctored format through June 2022

LSAT Sections

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Logical Reasoning (Arguments)
  • Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)
  • Unscored Section (where the LSAT makers test out new questions to assess their difficulty; can be any of the 3 sections listed above)
  • LSAT Writing (separate, one essay; this is not scored, but law school admissions do view this)

Scores

  • Range of 120 – 180
  • Valid for five years 
  • Law schools see all scores but typically your highest score is considered in the admissions decision

Scheduling the LSAT

If you have a disability and require testing accommodations, they can be arranged. Please visit this link for more information.

The LSAT score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no deduction for wrong answers. Therefore you should answer all questions (until you run out of time). Additionally, all questions are weighted the same. Therefore, a correct answer has the same value regardless of what section it is in.

The LSAT is deliberately speeded. You may not have enough time to finish a section.

We highly recommend that you take preparing for the LSAT seriously. This may involve taking a prep course. Taking such a course may help your score through practice tests, strategic insights, and alleviation of stress. If you do better learning complex material in a classroom environment where everything is planned and structured by someone else who can answer questions that arise for you, you will likely benefit more from taking a course.  If you do just as well mastering large amounts of complex material on your own, you may not need to spend the money on a course. Below are some of the test prep options available.

  • Free prep materials fee LawHub (2 full free official LSAT Prep Tests, 1 full free official LSAT Prep Test in the current format); there is also a paid option of LawHub that includes 1 year access to full official 70+ LSAT prep tests
  • Free Khan Academy LSAT prep 
  • Resources at UNC's Learning Center: This includes free info sessions and practice tests, as well as a library of test prep books that you can utilize there. 
  • The UNC Learning Center also partners with the Princeton Review; test prep courses are 20% off for UNC students. To view LSAT prep courses offered, please visit this link.
  • Other commercial prep courses: There are a variety of commercial courses you will find online by searching LSAT prep courses. Many are taken online and are self-paced. It is your choice if you'd like to purchase a prep course; just be sure to review the course website to ensure the course is legitimate and will benefit you in your preparation for the LSAT.

    PLEASE NOTE: Any fliers or other materials distributed by the Office of Pre-Law Advising featuring vendors of LSAT prep services, or the appearance of any such vendor in the Pre-Law listserv are purely informational and do not constitute any form of endorsement of the vendors or their services.  Neither University Career Services nor the Office of Pre-Law Advising at UNC-Chapel Hill conducts any background checks or any other investigations of test prep vendors.  Students are responsible for researching any vendor to make sure that they are trustworthy and that the services they provide are worth the time and money they require.  We strongly recommend that face-to-face meetings between LSAT prep vendors and students take place in a public location.
     

  • Studying LSAT prep books independently: you can find a variety of LSAT prep books online. Remember, you know your learning style best and know if you would have the motivation to study for the LSAT on your own or if you would benefit more from taking a course.

Be sure to take multiple practice tests before the LSAT! While you may retake the test, we typically do not recommend it. If, however, you think that your score does not reflect what you can do on the exam and you think you can score better, you should consider retaking the test. You may only take the LSAT up to three times within a single testing year. 

If you are unable to pay the fee to take the LSAT, you may request a fee waiver. Please visit this link for information on how to apply for an LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS) fee waiver.

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