The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designatedtesting centersthroughout 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 September/October—is often advised.

The best source of information about the LSAT can be found on the Law School Admission Counsel’s website here

LSAT Test Dates

September 24, 2016

December 3, 2016

February 4, 2017



Start taking timed practice tests once a week.  Figure out why your wrong answers were wrong. Take the practice tests using a pencil, sitting at a little desk in order to simulate actual test conditions. Better yet, take the practice test in a library where people may be coughing and a cell phone may accidentally go off.

Form a reliable group to take turns proctoring/administering timed practice tests on a regular basis. Do this in a classroom. For a YouTube vido that will keep time for you go to  The video has information about a timing app for your smart phone.

Read any of the following publications on a regular basis: The New York Times; Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Economist, The New York Review of Books. These will boost your vocabulary and comprehension. Read some of these on paper. After all, it is a paper and pencil test. Use a dictionary to look up the meaning of words you do not know.

Some students find it helpful to take the Logic course offered by the Philosophy Department


Whether to take a test prep course or work with a tutor is an individual decision. Many students do just fine with self-preparation, but they are disciplined in methodically working through all aspects of the preparation materials and put in the required time. If you know you are not likely to do this, you may want to look at test prep courses. These services can cost between $200 – $1500. They range from a comprehensive four month long course, to tutorial sessions or a la carte services. Applicants will often ask “What is the best course?” That depends upon the effort you put into your preparation and the quality of the teacher. No one company or service has a monopoly on or guarantee of the best teachers.  Does your teacher help you develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills? Or do they just teach you test strategies? Bates does not promote or endorse any specific test prep or tutoring service. As a service, BCDC does make available various companies’ promotional materials upon request. Any discounts or vouchers will be made available to juniors or seniors taking the test via an announcement on the Pre-Law Listserv.

Effective with the June 2016 LSAT administration, everyone wishing to register for the LSAT will be required to upload a photograph to their LSAC online account during the registration process. The photo will be inserted on the admission ticket, which must be printed out in order to gain admission to the test center. Admission tickets that do not display the uploaded photo will not be accepted on test day. Once a photo has been uploaded, it may be reused for future tests and for test date or center changes. In addition to the admission ticket, test registrants must produce a valid government-issued ID in order to gain admission to the test center.

Additional details about uploading photos are available on