The LSAT is a half-day test offered four times a year: February, June, October and December.

If you are serious about going to law school, as a general rule, time spent preparing for the LSAT will have a greater return on your investment than time spent on nearly any other academic project, be it eight class assignments, finals or even thesis work.

The LSAT is, on average, 60 percent of what law schools take into consideration in determining admission — for a school like New College where we don’t have a GPA, this figure is presumably even higher.

Not only does every reputable law school require that you take the LSAT, almost all of those students accepted at the top 25 law schools all have LSAT scores which place them in the top 90 percent (or above) of all test takers. While it is difficult to get into a top law school without a high LSAT score, you should take some comfort in scoring anything above average on the LSAT. Working on improving your LSAT score should be at the top of your priorities.

We have a guide to help you prepare for the LSAT. It’s 29 pages of straight-forward, up-front advice on how to prepare, and do your best on test day.

Download the guide.