Before You Apply – LSAT

What is the LSAT and how do I sign up?
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized exam that is required for admission to most U.S. law schools, including Bowen. The LSAT is administered four times per year: September (or October), December, February and June. You can obtain further information about the LSAT (including dates, costs, and registration requirements) from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

When should I take the LSAT?
We recommend that you take the LSAT in June, September/October, or December of the year before you plan to begin law school.

Do LSAT scores expire?
Bowen accepts LSAT scores taken within five years of when you want to enroll.

What is the composition of the LSAT?
The LSAT tests reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.  A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The sample is not scored, but we will receive a copy of it and review it.

How should I prepare for the LSAT?
You should spend a minimum of 6 – 8 weeks taking practice tests and improving your reading and analytical reasoning skills. LSAC makes practice tests available.  In addition to LSAC, you can find preparation materials in bookstores, public libraries, and online.  If you are interested in purchasing a commercial prep course, you may want to start by visiting to compare LSAT prep courses side-by-side.

What is the median LSAT score for Bowen students?
For the entering class of 2013, the median LSAT score was 151 in the full-time division and 149 in the part-time division.

I have taken the LSAT several times.  Which score do you use?
We consider all LSAT scores, but in most cases we rely on the highest score in making admission decisions.

What is the CAS?
The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) compiles a report for each applicant that includes transcripts, LSAT score information, LSAT writing samples, and letters of recommendation. The service then forwards this information to law schools.  Bowen applicants are required to utilize the CAS and have a report compiled for them. You can obtain further information about the CAS from the Law School Admission Council.