Do you wish to pursue your career as a lawyer and fight against all wrongs of the society? Why don‡t you appear for the LAST or The Law School Admission Test which is a standardized entrance examination conducted for the aspiring students willing to study in an esteemed law school all over the world? You may appear for this half day test at least 4 times per year at different test centers of your choice.
Apart from US and Canada there are other countries like China, Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil and India that actively conduct the tests for the admission. It is administered by the LSAC or the Law School Admission Council and the first test was conducted in 1948 after three years of rigorous planning and execution.
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If you have been able to clear the examination it would mean that you possess a standard measure of verbal reasoning and reading skills which are the most important criteria of being a successful lawyer.
Importance of LSAT
-A decent LSAT score can provide a golden opportunity to the candidate to get admitted in the best Law schools of India and all across the globe without any other entrance examination.
-The LSAT scores also allow the students to get a decent aid amount which waives out a substantial part of your tuition fees and sometimes covers your lodging and other expenses as well.
-LSAT according to some law school is an important indicator of the candidate being better than the others and also carries some value in the first year performance of the student.
-Law firms, who hire the candidates after they pass out, also rely upon the LSAT score to perform a fair comparison among them.
Structure of the Exam
-The total duration of the examination is 2 hours 20 minutes devoid of any break.
-The tests are usually conducted on weekends and conducted 4 times per year in the month of June, September, December and February.
-You need to appear for 5 sections all together, 35 minutes each, and answer the multiple choice questions out of which 4 such sections will be considered for your score. The unscored section, which is also known as the variable section, has a different purpose indeed.
-At the end, you need to appear for a 35 minute writing test which is not used for scores again but are sent to every law school where you have sent the application for admission.
-LSAT questions comprise of reading comprehensions, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning which are measured to select the best candidate fit for being a lawyer.
-The reading section has complex and lengthy materials which checks how proficient a person is in reading them carefully whereas the analytical reasoning checks how well the candidate can draw conclusions about something. Your reasoning skills are checked by the evaluators to better understand your deduction power.
-The logical reasoning section asks the candidate to read a complex passage, and answer questions related to the same. This enables the evaluator to understand the critical thinking ability and legal reasoning power that a candidate possesses. It also checks how a person can argue on a particular topic, apply rules and also figure out the flaws in an ongoing conversation.
-The LSAT-India has the same questions as LSAT, but the scores are configured in a different manner. There is no writing sample there and one can take admissions in Indian Law Schools through the LSAT-India.
-You need to pass the 12th standard examination and need to be a citizen of the country from where you are appearing for the examination.
-You need to register online by visiting the official site and pay the examination fees on time.
Opportunities after LSAT
-The candidate with a decent score of LSAT can get admitted in any of the top universities all across the world like UK, USA and others.
-LSAT scores can give you a better job option in top notch law firms who like to hire and compare law school pass outs.
-You cannot sit for LSAT more than three times, within a two year period.
-Locations of LSAT-India may be chosen from any of the zones of East, West, North and South.
-You must answer all questions in the examination and there are no negative marking.
Scholarship programs for LSAT Courses
–Kaplan Test Preparation funding for LSAT
–Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarship Program for LSAT Preparation
–Blueprint funding for LSAT
–LSAT Preparation Course Scholarships by CLEO
–Snell & Wilmer Diversity LSAT Scholarship
For further details log on to the official site of Law School Admission Council.