As part of the admission process, the majority of graduate programs in the U.S. require at least one or more standardized test scores. Universities and colleges in the U.S. have their own admission requirements and each of them accepts different standardized test scores from third-party organizations. Make sure to find out which test scores are required on the website of each institution.
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a standardized test that measures Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning which law schools utilize as one of the factors for admission consideration. The LSAT is the only test that is accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools for admission purposes. International students who intend to pursue an LL.M program in the U.S., which is an advanced law certification with global credibility are not required to take the LSAT for admission.
- Reading Comprehension
- Analytical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning (two sections)
- Writing Sample
Total testing time
3 hours and 30 minutes, excluding breaks.
Multiple choice and writing assessment.
Raw scores are converted to an LSAT scale that ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score.
How to study
A list of both free and paid preparation materials can be found here: www.lsac.org/lsat/lsat-prep
Official LSAT Practice on Khan Academy is free for all students: www.khanacademy.org/prep/lsat/intro
Official preparation books can also be borrowed at our EducationUSA Advising Center in Brussels for a refundable deposit of 20 euros per book.
Taking the test
The LSAT is owned and administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LSAT is offered multiple times throughout the year, mainly in the U.S. At this moment in time, there are no available test centers in Belgium or Luxembourg. In order to find a test date and to register for taking the test in the United States, you will need to create an account online and follow the instructions on the official website of LSAC.
Required or not
The LSAT is required for virtually all American students who want to study law at the graduate level in the U.S., however, it is not required for international students who intend to pursue an LL.M. Unlike in Belgium, law is not offered at the undergraduate level in the U.S.