Writing the LSAT?
As part of the application process for the Melbourne JD, applicants need to register for, and sit, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is an independent, international test administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
All applicants for the Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School must sit the LSAT prior to applying.
The LSAT comprises five multiple-choice sections of 35 minutes each and a 35-minute writing sample. The writing sample does not go toward the calculation of your LSAT score, although the university receives this sample and it forms part of your application.
The LSAT has three types of questions:
- Reading comprehension
- Analytical reasoning
- Logical reasoning
Go to About the LSAT on the LSAC website for a more detailed description of these three question types and what to expect in the LSAT. Information on how the questions in the LSAT are relevant in testing an applicant’s aptitude to study law are also available. This document is an extract from The Official LSAT Handbook, a publication of the Law School Admissions Council.
How should you prepare?
The University of Melbourne strongly recommends that in order to perform to your true ability, you take the time to prepare for the LSAT. The LSAC website includes information on LSAT Preparation Materials, providing links to sample questions with explanations and a couple of sample LSAT tests. Many bookshops also stock LSAT prep books which can be ordered online. Students are also encouraged to download the sample LSAT test online and sit it under exam conditions to decide for yourself if further preparation is needed. Please remember that your LSAT score only forms part of your application, and is only one of the three criteria considered in assessing your application.
LSAT Date and Registration Deadlines
LSAT Sitting: June, 6, 2016
LSAT Registration: April 20, 2016
Non-published Test Center Registration: April 13, 2016
Late Registration—Published Test Centers: April 27, 2016
Score Release Dates
By Email (for online account holders only): June 30, 2016
By Mail (for those without an online account): July 7, 2016
LSAT scores are valid for five years and the LSAT can be sat three times in two years. Further information is available from the LSAT website.