LSAT Syllabus 2018
Updated on May 10, 2018 - 11:12 a.m. IST by Sherin Tressa

LSAT Syllabus 2018 – Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has released the LSAT 2018 syllabus for candidates who wish to appear for LSAT. The LSAT syllabus 2018 includes the different topics which candidates need to refer to while practising for LSAT 2018. As per the LSAT 2018 syllabus, the different subjects are reading comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical reasoning. Along with these, there will be another compulsory section called writing sample where a candidate will be evaluated based on their argumentative skills and how they put it into words. This sample will not be evaluated along with the other sections but on the contrary, will be sent to the law schools that the candidates have opted for. LSAT syllabus 2018 will help candidates check the different topics which they need to refer to while preparing for LSAT 2018. LSAT is mandatory for candidates who wish to pursue law abroad. In this article, candidates can check the topic-wise LSAT syllabus.


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LSAT Exam Pattern 2018

The examination will be carried out for a total of 3 hours 30 minutes with each section lasting for a span of 35 minutes. There will be a total of five sections which need to be attempted. A detailed test pattern of LSAT 2018 is given below.


LSAT 2018 Exam Pattern


Number of questions


Reading Comprehension

26 to 28 (approx)


Analytical Reasoning

22 to 24 (approx)


Logical Reasoning (Two sections)

24 to 28 (approx) for each section


Variable section (Unscored)



Writing section (Unscored)



LSAT Syllabus 2018: Important Topics

According to the LSAT 2018 syllabus, there are three important topics of LSAT 2018 such as reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. Candidates can look through the details of each section here.


LSAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

This section measures a candidates ability to read, understand and give insights into passages. The questions asked in the passage will be related to the following characteristics.

  • The main idea or primary purpose

  • The organization or structure

  • Principles that function in the selection

  • Information that is explicitly stated

  • Analogies to claims or arguments in the selection

  • Information or ideas that can be inferred

  • The application of information in the selection to a new context

  • The impact of new information on claims or arguments in the selection

  • The meaning or purpose of words or phrases as used in the context

  • An author’s attitude as revealed in the tone of a passage or the language used

 LSAT Syllabus for Analytical Reasoning: This section checks the ability to understand the structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions for those structures.

Analytical Reasoning questions test a range of reasoning skills which include

  • Recognizing when two statements are logically equivalent in context by identifying a condition or rule that could replace one of the original conditions while still resulting in the same possible outcomes

  • Reasoning with conditional (“if-then”) statements and recognizing logically equivalent formulations of such statements

  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules

  • Comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships by determining a complete solution to the problem posed (for example, an acceptable seating arrangement of all six diplomats around a table)

  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules together with new information in the form of an additional or substitute fact or rule

LSAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning: This section will assess a candidates ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning such as

  • Recognizing the parts of an argument and their relationships

  • Identifying explanations

  • Reasoning by analogy

  • Recognizing similarities and differences between patterns of reasoning

  • Determining how additional evidence affects an argument

  • Identifying flaws in arguments

  • Recognizing misunderstandings or points of disagreement

  • Detecting assumptions made by particular arguments

  • Drawing well-supported conclusions

  • Identifying and applying principles or rules

Writing Sample

Apart from the three topics another section that students need to answer is the Writing Sample. The writing sample is to evaluate a candidates general writing skills. This section helps candidates to put forward their argumentative skills through writing.

Candidates will be given a choice between two positions or course of action. Both the choices are defensible and the candidates will be given criteria and facts on which they can base their decision. Since there is no right and wrong in this the quality of each candidates response will be taken into account and not the choice they make. Candidates will be evaluated on their writing skills and not the basis of the side chosen by them to answer the question. The questions asked will usually be from a non-legal point of view.


Law School Admission Council conducts LSAT for the admissions to Law Schools in Canada, USA and a few other countries like the Caribbean, Middle East, Australia etc. As per LSAT test dates, the test is conducted four times in a year.



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I am 28 now. Can i get admission in basis of CLAT ot LSAT Score

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program as well as in CLAT PG exam. So if you are able to fetch decent score, then you can get admission on the basis of that score. There is also no upper age limit for appearing in LSAT India Examination. But you can check the age limit specified by individual colleges wherein you want to seek admission.

Is it compulsory to give LSAT if I want to take admission for 5 year law course in Kirit P Mehta college NMIMS ?

Shubham Dhane 13th Jan, 2020

To get into kriti p metha college you can write any of the below two exams
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Please click the below link to know more about this college and the above two exams

i am pursuing my bba llb degree and right now i am in final year final semester is i am eligible to fill form right now for lsat exam 2020 ?

Apoorva Student Expert 11th Jan, 2020

Hello dear student,

if you want to go to Australia for further higher studies then definitely you can appear in this exam as the full form of ISAT is international student admission test 3 hour computer based multiple choice test designed assess a candidates intellectual skills and abilities that are the foundation of academic success at tertiary level. This test is developed by Australian council for educational research. while for you for the information I am here attaching a link from where you can get the for the information about international student admission test and I hope that will be helpful for you.

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can I give all exams including clat, ailat and lsat at same time ??

Arya 6th Jan, 2020

Hi Anvay,

Yes, it is possible. You can apply for CLAT, AILAT, ISAT and as many examinations as you'd like to, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for all of  them. The only problem that would arise would be to find time for the preparation of all the exams. Besides that, it is 100% possible.


where to register for clay and lsat

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Jan, 2020

NUSRL will release CLAT application forms today as in January 1st, 2020. Usually the applications are released after 11am and sometimes 5 pm. So please keep an eye on the official website for more information. The link hasn't been released as yet for CLAT. For LSAT, please use the link: . You have time until April 14th to fill in the application form.

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