Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is digital test designed to measure your ability to reason and think analytically, and aids law schools in their evaluation of applicants. The exam consists of five 35-minute sections (one of which is experimental) and a 30-minute writing exercise. The three scored sections include three different types of questions: Reading Comprehension (1 part), Analytical Reasoning (1 part) and Logical Reasoning (1 part). Beginning with the August 2024 tests, the format will no longer include the Analytical Reasoning part and will include 2 parts of Logical Reasoning. The scoring scale range is between 120-180.

The LSAT is offered approximately 9 times each year.  You should register 2-3 months in advance.  Test scores are valid for 5 years.  Basic cost of the LSAT is $222.  Applicants may apply for a fee waiver via the LSAC website.

  • When to take the exam:  We recommend taking the LSAT by October and applying by early November of your chosen application cycle because law schools follow a rolling admissions process.

  • Where to register:  Go to www.lsac.org to register for the LSAT.

  • How to prepare: LSAC (Law School Admission Council) provides some free LSAT materials via KHAN Academy to get you started in your preparation.  While Career Services does not endorse LSAT prep courses, some applicants find the structure of a LSAT prep course to be helpful.

Special LSAT Prep Discount for Penn Students and Alumni

Penn Career Services and LSAT Lab have partnered to provide a low-cost, high quality option for Penn students and alumni preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT Lab platform offers a combination of personalized study planning and data analytics to improve preparation. When accessing a discounted premium membership, you’ll gain access to the following:

Analytics That Power Higher Scores

While others only report missed questions by type, LSAT Lab analytics dig deeper to look at miss patterns according to set type, set feature, question type, question feature, trap answers, and difficulty. With this clarity one can identify areas for practice more narrowly and reduce how long it takes to master the LSAT.

Personalized Study Plan

After answering questions regarding goals, timeline, and previous work, the platform develops a personalized LSAT plan to focus on parts of the LSAT that will have the biggest impact on one’s score.

Video Library

Everything one would typically see in a premiere classroom course is condensed into 25-minute video lessons. These lessons provide a step-by-step guide that focuses on the process. Every game type, passage topic, question type, reasoning structure, formal logic concept, abstract flaw, and more are presented in detailed and concise video lessons.

Powerful Question Bank

LSAT Lab tagged more than 9,000 official LSAT questions with hundreds of parameters to make creating the perfect practice set easy. The platform provides video and written explanations that make clear the line of reasoning leading to each correct answer and clarifying why each of the other answers is ultimately incorrect.

All 99 Real PrepTests

LSAT Lab provides access to all 99 official LSAT PrepTests (PrepTests 1-93 and six other official PrepTests). Available practice test settings: new three-section format, legacy four-section format, unscored experimental section, time accommodations, and blind review. All PrepTests are available as full-length tests and separate timed sections.

A Higher Score – Guaranteed

Lastly, LSAT Lab is committed to providing the best LSAT prep available and to prove it they offer a best score guarantee. Take a practice test when you start using LSAT Lab (within 14 days) and study with LSAT Lab for at least 2 months. If you don’t improve your score on the official LSAT by at least 5 points we’ll refund 100% of the cost of your LSAT Lab subscription.

Monthly premium and classroom memberships will have a 20% discount. Thus, monthly enrollment is $39 per month.

6-month premium membership packages will have a 30% discount, thus equal to $199 for 6-months.

Enrollment Instructions:

Access and enrollment requires your PennKey and Penn / Penn Alumni email address for registration.

Click here to download enrollment instructions via PDF.

Curious about setting up your Penn Alumni email account? Click here to visit the Penn Alumni’s FAQ: https://www.alumni.upenn.edu/s/1587/gid2/16/interior.aspx?sid=1587&gid=2&pgid=15207