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Taking the LSAT

LSAT FAQs

When should I take the LSAT?

We encourage you to take the LSAT no later than the spring of the year before you expect to enroll in a fall law school entering class. We will accept a score from the summer tests, but we will have begun to fill places in the entering class by the time your LSAT score is received, which can affect your chances of admission.

If you plan to apply for admission for the Fall 2021 entering class, for example, there will be five LSAT test administrations before our priority deadline of March 1st: September, October, and November of 2020, and January and February of 2021. You are welcome to apply for admission with scores from the March, April and June 2021 test administrations. Please note that the July 2021 administration of the LSAT will be too late to be considered for admission for the Fall 2021 entering class.

If you want to make sure you have an opportunity to repeat the test, register for a summer or fall test administration. If you are unsatisfied with your initial score, you will have time to test on a winter or early spring date.

Do you use the highest or average LSAT score?
The American Bar Association requires law schools to use the highest of multiple LSAT scores when reporting entering student credentials, so for that reason the highest score is typically the one used in making admissions decisions. The Admissions Committee will consider all information presented in the application for admission, however, including scores earned on all LSATs. For that reason, if there are significant differences between your scores on different administrations of the LSAT and you have any information to help explain the disparity — illness, poor testing conditions, or the like — you may wish to include it in an addendum to your application.

Is there a minimum LSAT score that will be considered?
No. While undergraduate grades and LSAT scores are useful tools, no single factor is dispositive. No application is screened out or reviewed differently because of an LSAT score or GPA.

Test Prep

Khan Academy Official LSAT ® Prep

In collaboration with the Law School Admission Council, Khan Academy Official LSAT Prep is a free, online LSAT preparation program that helps you assess your strengths and weaknesses, create a customized practice plan, and build the skills you need with interactive lessons, problem sets, timed practice tests, strategies, tips, videos, and more. 

UofSC LSAT Exam Prep

The University of South Carolina offers an intensive LSAT prep course here in Columbia. The course covers all aspects of the LSAT exam including the Reading Comprehensive, Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections and is the most comprehensive and best known hands-on program in the Columbia area.

 


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