LSAT Writing Key Points

LSAT Writing is a mandatory, unscored, thirty-five-minute persuasive essay that you’ll complete on a computer—probably yours—through LSAC’s proctoring software.

Let’s unpack that.

1. It’s a thirty-five-minute persuasive essay.

You’ll have thirty-five minutes to read a half-page prompt and write your whole essay. LSAC will lay out two alternatives and ask you to argue for one or the other.

2. You can type it.

You’ll take LSAT Writing on your computer via LSAC’s software. The interface has basic word-processing functions, including spell-check and copy/paste, as well as digital “scratch paper.”

3. You don’t have to take LSAT Writing when you take the LSAT.

You can take LSAT Writing up to eight days before the test and up to a year after, but…

4. You have to take LSAT Writing before you get your score.

LSAC won’t release your LSAT score to you or to law schools until you have at least one LSAT Writing on file.

If you retake the LSAT, you can retake LSAT Writing, but you don’t have to. In other words, you only need to take LSAT Writing once.

If you take LSAT Writing more than once, admissions officers will have access to your three most recent reportable writing samples.

5. The Writing section is unscored.

The LSAC doesn’t score your writing sample or mediate it in any way, though (as we’ve already noted) it’s important that you don’t bomb it, and best if you can knock it out of the park.

6. You can practice LSAT Writing via LSAC.

You can practice one LSAT Writing exam on LSAC’s LawHub and more in this course. We highly recommend that you take at least three practice exams—though you can wait until after you finish the test. More on that to come!

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