The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a vital component of the process for getting into law school. Most law schools require applicants to take the LSAT as part of their application. The LSAT is a standardized exam consisting of logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical reasoning skills.
The LSAT is offered four times per year: June, September/October, December, and February. The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
But before you can even think about taking and passing the LSAT, you need to meet the LSAT requirements. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of the LSAT and what you need to do to be eligible to take the test.
LSAT Requirements Overview
In order to take the LSAT, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States or Canada, or have been granted permanent resident status in either country
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or be on track to earn one by the time you begin law school
- Register for the LSAT through the LSAC website
- Pay the registration fee
You can find more information about the LSAT, including test dates and locations, on the LSAC website.
Please note that during LSAT registration via LSAC, you will be prompted to upload a photo of yourself for your LSAT Admission Ticket. This is to ensure test security on test day.
LSAT Photo Requirements
The LSAT Admission Ticket will list the photo requirements. The requirements are as follows:
- Your photo must be in color
- Your photo can’t be the same as that of your government-issued ID
- Your photo must be a passport-style photo
- Your photo must be a close-up of your head and shoulders
- It needs to fill up the 195 x 195 pixels provided to you in the photo box
- In addition, be sure to avoid letting any shadows or objects obscure your picture. LSAC provides a user-friendly tool that lets you rotate and crop your uploaded picture in real-time.
Now that you know the requirements to take the LSAT, let’s look into LSAT Flex requirements.
LSAT Flex Room Requirements
The LSAT Flex is a new, remote testing option for the LSAT. It was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The LSAT Flex is only available to applicants who are unable to take the in-person LSAT test.
To be eligible to take the LSAT Flex, you must:
- Be within the eligibility window to take the LSAT. The LSAT is offered four times per year, and you must take the test within two years of your law school application.
- Have a computer with a webcam and microphone that meets the technical requirements for the LSAT Flex.
- Have a private and quiet testing environment where you will not be interrupted during the exam.
- Agree to abide by the LSAT Flex testing rules and regulations.
- Pay the LSAT Flex fee of $200.
If you meet all of the above requirements for LSAT Flex, you can register for the LSAT Flex. The registration process is the same as for the in-person LSAT. Visit www.lsac.org to learn more and create your account.
Please note that because the LSAT Flex is a new testing option, not all law schools accept it for their admissions process. We recommend that you check with your school(s) of interest to see if they accept the LSAT Flex before you register.
College LSAT Requirements
Harvard LSAT Requirements
Harvard requires that you take the LSAT as part of your application.
They will not accept any other standardized test in lieu of the LSAT.
The median LSAT score for accepted students is usually between 170 and 175.
FAMU LSAT Requirements
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law requires that all applicants take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
You must register for the LSAT through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and have your score sent to FAMU directly from LSAC.
Your score needs to be at least 145 to 149.
Georgetown LSAT Requirements
A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to Georgetown University Law Center.
Your score needs to be between 163 and 168.
NYU LSAT Requirements
An undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to New York University School of Law.
You need to score between 170 and 174.
Tulane LSAT Requirements
A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to Tulane University Law School.
Your score must be between 156 and 161.
UNC LSAT Requirements
To be eligible for admission into the first-year class, applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the year preceding their anticipated enrollment.
UNC doesn’t have a minimum LSAT score requirement, but the median score for admitted test takers is 161.
The Admissions Committee reviews each application carefully and comprehensively and welcomes applicants with a broad range of LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs.
UCLA LSAT Requirements
The LSAT is required to get into the UCLA School of Law. The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and is offered four times per year. Registration information and test date updates are available on the LSAC website.
You need a passing score of 165 to 169 on the LSAT to qualify for admission to the UCLA School of Law.
FAQs on LSAT Requirements
To sit for the LSAT, you must be enrolled in or have completed at least one year of law school. You must also register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and pay the registration fee.
There is no minimum GPA required to take the LSAT, but your score on the test will be one of the main factors considered by law schools when making admission decisions.
The LSAT has specific requirements for photos that will appear on your admissions ticket. The photo must be taken recently, and it must be a passport-style photograph that meets the standards outlined above.
Failure to provide a photo that meets these requirements may result in your being denied admission to the test center on test day.