FAQs: Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

How should I prepare for the LSAT? 

The LSAT is a test for which students can study and prepare. We recommend that students be as prepared as possible when they take the LSAT, though the appropriate type of preparation depends on the individual. For some applicants, a preparatory class provides the structure and guidance to ensure adequate preparation. However, many students are able to sufficiently prepare independently. Either way, your preparation should include taking practice tests in "test-like" conditions, which includes timing each section. Please review LSAC's website to learn more about the LSAT and how to prepare. 

How important is the LSAT? 

The LSAT is an important part of your application. Although no one factor is a perfect indicator of academic potential, studies demonstrate that the LSAT is a relatively reliable predictor of law school performance. However, the Admissions Committee evaluates the LSAT in the context of your overall application, and an applicant's LSAT score is not the sole factor in any application. The Admissions Committee will read every component of your application in its entirety regardless of your LSAT score. Unless you have earned an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago Law School or you are a dual degree applicant at the University of Chicago who has taken the GRE or GMAT and received a waiver for the LSAT requirement for your application, you will be required to take and report at least one (1) LSAT score with your application.  

How does the Admissions Committee evaluate multiple LSAT scores? 

We will review all LSAT scores that you have received. In accordance with the American Bar Association and LSAC policies, we place the most importance on the highest LSAT score and report the highest score (we do not average). Any large differences between LSAT scores should be explained in an addendum (uploaded through the LSAC electronic application). If you submit an addendum, we are looking for your honest assessment of why one score is a better predictor of your ability than another.

When should I take the LSAT?  

Because of the rolling admissions process, we believe that the June, July, or September test dates best position you to get your application in early. You may take the January LSAT, but we advise you to submit all other required application materials in advance of the test so that the LSAT will be the final component of your application. If you are applying to the Early Decision Program or the Chicago Law Scholars Program, the November test administration is the last test that we will accept. 

Will the Admissions Committee review my file before I get my LSAT score?

The Admissions Committee will not review any portion of your application until we have all required application materials, including your LSAT score. If you already have an LSAT score on record but are registered for a future LSAT administration, we will not complete your file until the next LSAT score posts, unless you ask the Admissions Office to complete your file before the score posts. In that event, it is possible that the Admissions Committee will evaluate your file and issue a decision before your next score posts. 

For how long is my LSAT score valid?

An LSAT score is considered valid if you earned your score on or after June 1, 2013.

Does the Admissions Committee read the LSAT writing sample? 

We read the writing sample and you should take it seriously. Remember that you are applying for a professional program and it reflects very poorly on an applicant's judgment when we see a writing sample that reflects a lack of effort or professionalism.