LSAT Writing Sample

The Basics

  • Time: 35-minutes
  • Format: 2-page written response to a prompt
  • Tests: Writing Ability‚ Ability to Argue a Position

The LSAT Writing Sample shows law schools how well you can argue for a position. It comes at the end of your test day experience; so it's often a physical challenge as well as a mental one.

The section is not scored but it is sent to law schools along with your LSAT score. While it can be used to choose between relatively equal candidates, it is most frequently used as a comparison tool to confirm your personal statement. A word to the wise'according to the 2007 Law School Admissions Office survey conducted by Kaplan, 75% of law school admissions officers always or sometimes use the writing sample to evaluate a candidate's qualifications to attend law school—so don't take it lightly.