The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test required for admission to all American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools. This exam is used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed in law school. This exam provides a common measure of reading and verbal reasoning skills. The exam consists of six sections:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Analytical Reasoning
  3. Logical Reasoning I
  4. Logical Reasoning II
  5. Variable / Experimental Questions
  6. Writing Sample

Each section of the exam is 35 minutes in length. The first 5 sections are multiple choice. The variable / experimental questions and the writing sample sections are not scored. Copies of the writing sample will be available to your schools when you apply. Scores are reported on a scale of 120 to 180. The average score for UVA applicants applying to law school is 160.

This exam is offered four times a year by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Typical testing months are February, June, October, and December. It is recommended to take the test in June or October if you are applying the following fall.

For specific information on test dates, sites, registration forms, fees and deadlines, please visit the LSAT section of the LSAC website.

Test Preparation Resources

There are many types of test preparation resources that vary in cost and approach. Pre-Law Advisors do not endorse any of the provders below, but are happy to speak with you about how you might identify the style of preparation that best fits your needs.

Source Cost Level

LSAC Resources

Free - Low
LSAT Center Low - High
Clayborne Education Low - High
Exam Krackers Low - High
TestMasters Mid
Blueprint Mid
Velocity Test Prep Mid
Alphascore Mid
PowerScore Free - High
Princeton Review Low - High

Kaplan Test Prep

Free - High