The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is an entrance examination required for admission into a U.S. law school, and it is typically the first step an individual must take to obtain the degree that he or she will need for some of the criminal justice careers in the court system. This exam, administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), is designed to help a law school determine if you have the basic reading, writing, logic, and analysis skills necessary to succeed in a law school. The LSAT is divided into five main sections, including an analytical reasoning section, a reading comprehension section, two logical reasoning sections, and a writing section.
The analytical reasoning section consists of a series of multiple-choice questions (the exact number of questions vary depending on the version of the exam that you receive) asking you to read a series of statements and place the information from those statements in the order or group that the question indicates. The reading comprehension section consists of 20 – 40 multiple choice questions that will ask you to read one of four passages and use the information from those passages to answer the questions. The two logical reasoning sections consist of a series of multiple-choice questions (the exact number of questions for each section will vary depending on the version of the exam) that will ask you to read an argument and draw a conclusion or identify the strengths or weaknesses of the argument. The writing section consists of an essay question that will offer you two answers, and you will have to choose the answer that you believe is appropriate and defend that answer in an essay. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, and the specific required score for each law school varies according to school. However, an LSAT score of 165 or more typically is sufficient for an individual to gain admission into most law schools.