Law remains one of the most popular career avenues for students. Only now, more Indian students want to pursue law overseas, in countries like the USA that home some of the world’s leading universities. In addition to the quality of education, law schools in the US also bring students a competitive advantage and better opportunities. After all, there ought to be some benefits of getting your law degree from a top institute.
So, if you want to study law abroad, it makes sense. More students are steering that way.
Now that said, high popularity doesn’t necessarily mean things are easier. If anything, with competition high, you really have to excel and outstand with your application to get admission to a good law school in the USA.
One of the ways to “excel” and “outstand” is to score high in LSAT.
What is LSAT?
LSAT or Law School Admission Test is a standardized test – administered by the Law School Admission Council – that aspirants are required to take to get admission in a law school in the USA. LSAT is also accepted in several universities in Canada, Australia, and a few other countries.
The test evaluates candidates on their core competencies. It is divided into five main parts: Reading comprehension, logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, unscored variable section, and an essay section. You’re given 35 minutes to complete each part. The total duration of LSAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes, including the breaks.
LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180. The higher you score, the greater the chances of getting into a top law school. The test is administered seven times a year. In a single testing year (from June 1 to May 31), you can take LSAT three times. Over a lifetime, you can take the test for a total of seven times.
FAQs about LSAT
1. Is LSAT difficult?
It depends on one’s aptitude and academic background. But generally, LSAT is known to be difficult. It’s challenging to score well in this test. The challenge is even bigger if you are aiming for one of the top law schools in North America.
2. Did bad on LSAT, now what?
You can take LSAT 3 times in a testing year. You can take the test 5 times within the current and five past testing years. You can take the test 7 times in a lifetime. So, if you have scored poorly in your LSAT, don’t worry; you have multiple chances. Try again, give the test, and do better this time.
3. Do LSAT scores expire?
Yes. LSAT scores are valid for only five testing years.
4. Do LSAT prep courses help?
This depends on the kind of prep courses you’ve opted for. Some can prepare you in a much better way vs. others. This is why it’s recommended to be careful about the test preparation program you choose and the experts you contact. Take your time and find a good overseas education consultant that offers acclaimed test preparation solution. Have someone by your side that has helped students like you to get admission abroad in top universities.
5. How LSAT is scored?
LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180. You score based on the number of correct answers you have given. There’s no deduction on wrong answers. The average score of LSAT is 150. Your score is emailed after 3-4 weeks of giving the test.
6. LSAT– how many questions are there?
LSAT consists of 99-102 multiple-choice questions.
7. Should I take LSAT or GRE?
If you want to pursue a career in law and study in a law school, you need to give LSAT. Every law school will see your LSAT score. And those who may not have explicitly mentioned this, they would still prefer to see your LSAT score over GRE. The universities you’re applying to, go through their requirements and see what test’s score they want from applicants.
8. What LSAT score do I need for top law schools?
You should ideally aim to get 170+ if you want to get admission to a top law college in the USA. But this isn’t to say that these institutes do not accept applicants with 150s and 160s LSAT score. There are various other factors the admission committees at different universities consider. So, even you have scored a little less in your LSAT and your overall profile is excellent, you still stand a chance to get admission.
Have more questions?
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