If You are someone who wishes to pursue law from the United States of America, Canada, or some other country outside India or can say this as if you and to pursue the profession of law by studying from any university or school affiliated with the American Bar Association (ABA) or Canadian Law then taking the LSAT Exam is Mandatory for you.
LSAT is the Law School Admission Test. Just like GMAT and GRE, this test could be given 4 times a year but now can be taken 6 times a year from 2018 that is the candidates can take the exam in January, March, June, July, September, and November.
The main purpose is to test the candidates Critical Reading and Analytical Thinking Skills. Both these skills are considered to be very critical to become a successful law school student.
For LSAT INDIA there is a fixed time period in which candidates can appear for the exam. The dates of registration are also fixed. After registering the candidate can book a slot.
Some important dates as per LSAT India:
|Event||Date||Location, if applicable|
|Registration opens||10-Nov-2020||Discover Law Website|
|Registration closes||20-April-2021||Discover Law Website|
|LSAT—India testing period||Starting 10 May 2021||-------|
|Admit Card release||TBA||Discover Law Website|
|Score Card release||TBA||Discover Law Website|
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR TAKING THE LSAT EXAM
The exam is designed and conducted by LSAC - Law School Admission Council. There are no specific eligibility criteria specified by LSAC regarding who all can take the exam. As per the authority, any candidate can pay the fee and take up the exam. There is no age limit. Candidates who are in the final course of finishing their degree can also take the exam to seek admission in the next admission cycle. Candidates have to themselves see the eligibility for their targeted law school and decide for themselves when to take the test, when to apply, and other important aspects
ABOUT THE EXAM
The total duration is 2 hours and 20 minutes. The paper is designed in such a manner to test candidates on their English and reading skills, analytical, logical, critical skills which are very very important for any law school be it India or abroad.
The paper has a total of six sections. Here are the details of all the section
|SECTION||NUMBER OF QUESTION||TIME ALLOTTED|
|LOGICAL REASONING - 1||22||35 MIN|
|LOGICAL REASONING - 2||23||35 MIN|
|ANALYTICAL REASONING||23||35 MIN|
|ENGLISH & READING COMPREHENSION||24||35 MIN|
SYLLABUS AND PREPARATION TIPS FOR LSAT
The Logical Reasoning Section has 2 parts. This can also be known as the critical reasoning section. 24-26 questions in each part, so in total there is a maximum of 52 questions. They have a small argument of about 50-60 words and questions such as what is the conclusion, what is the assumption, inference, main point of view for the argument, strengthen and weaken the argument. They can be the general day to day arguments, legal or hypothetical arguments. This is an extremely important section. An aspirant should practice at least 10-15 questions from the topic for over a period of 5-6 months to become efficient and accurate in the topic.
The candidate should first complete all the questions available in the official guide and coaching material if you are taking support classes. Questions from sectional mocks and main mocks. Candidates can also take up GRE or GMAT official guides for extra practice on critical reasoning questions.
The Analytical Reasoning Question
This section includes deductive, these are questions such as Statement-argument, statement- course of action, statement- conclusion, statement - Fact. These questions are there to check your ability to decision making and critical thinking. The cases are generally related to the field of law to also check legal ability. There are also complex puzzles. This section how aptly you solve things using logic.
As a lawyer, one of the very important skill is to read a large amount of data quickly and understand and comprehend the data appropriately. To test this skill there are 24-28 questions on reading comprehension. You can expect four to five passages of 300-450 words and you will get 4-5 questions related to each passage. These passages will be from different genres and you can expect critical reasoning questions in the passage as well.
THE WRITING SECTION
The writing section is presented in the form of a decision prompt, which provides the examinee with a problem and two criteria for deciding. The examinee has to then write one of the two options over the other. This section is checked by experts and scores are not reflected in the overall score. However, schools use this score during admissions.
By Shirin Tarachandani
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