The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA-approved law schools. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.  The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.

Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier -- in June or October -- is often advised.

Almost all LSAC-member law schools in the United States will also require that you subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). To find out if you are required to register for LSDAS, see LSDAS Candidate Requirements.

The registration fee for the LSAT is $180. A change of center fee is $100, and a change of date fee is $100.  Score reports/transcripts is $35.

There is a 30-minute writing sample, which is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample is sent to all law schools to which you apply. It is not scored by LSAC. The score scale is 120-180.

The LSAT is 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. [the 2002-2003 LSAT & LSDAS registration and information booklet].

Preparation material is available in the registration and information booklet. LSAT preparation tools are available for purchase. Additional information is available in the registration and information booklet.

For the 2018 calendar of test dates Click here:

To request an application for these exams, contact the LSAC by calling 215-968-1001 or online at:


Telephone  215-968-1001
Available at all times except 7:00am-noon (ET) Sundays. The automated telephone system can handle most of your inquiries and requests.  
Service Representatives Available weekdays only at 215-968-1001 Hours of Operation September - March: 8:30am-7:00pm (ET) April - August: 8:30am-4:45pm (ET)  
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TDD FAX 215-968-1119
Mail  Law School Admission Council Box 2000 661 Penn Street Newtown, PA 18940-0998
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 If you have any additional questions or concerns, you may contact the Office of Testing by telephone (973-720-2570) or email:

There may be times examinations are cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergencies. In such cases, visit our welcome page for an updated announcement or you may call 973-720-2570.