5 Interesting Facts about the LSAT
Almost done with your pre-law studies? Ready to take the next step? Great! Sign up for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), practice with your test prep program and choose the schools you would like to attend. Here are some facts about the LSAT that you can share with fellow test takers as you chat nervously in line.
1. For the last 20 years there has been an interesting trend. The number of students that take the LSAT increases when the United States economy, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), goes down; when the GDP rises during good economic times, the number of individuals taking the LSAT decreases.
2. The LSAT is administered to 100,000 to 150,000 test takers each year. Tests are only offered four times a year, one day during the following months: February, June, October and December. For the last 20 years, October has been the most popular month to take the test. Why? No one knows.
3. The LSAT is not a knowledge test, but rather a skills test. It measures reading and critical thinking. Skills can improve with practice. So practice, practice, practice but keep in mind a significant change in your LSAT score is very unlikely given it is an aptitude test.
4. While it is true that high-tier law schools usually prefer candidates within a specific score range, exceptions can be made by law school admissions if you have an outstanding resume and a glowing undergrad transcript that reflect high grades. So take your chances and apply at your dream school; it just might happen for you.
5. If you do not get accepted into your law school of choice, and you attend a lower tier school, you still have a shot at your first choice. You may be able to transfer schools after the first year if you have high grades to prove you have what it takes to succeed. The LSAT is a tool to measure the skills needed to be successful in law school; your transcript proves you have what it takes.