The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced significant updates to the LSAT, marking a pivotal shift in how prospective law students will demonstrate their writing abilities. Starting July 31, just ahead of the August LSAT administration, candidates will encounter a redesigned LSAT Writing section, devised to better align with the real-world writing tasks they will face in law school and their future legal careers.

LSAT Writing Changes

A New Approach to Assessing Legal Writing Skills

The revamped writing section stems from continuous dialogue with law schools and legal professionals who emphasize the importance of robust analytical and argumentative writing skills. This feedback has led to a transformation in the LSAT Writing assessment, moving away from purely logical reasoning tasks to a more comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s ability to construct and defend a cogent argument based on varied evidentiary sources.

Candidates will now be presented with a debatable issue accompanied by multiple perspectives. They will have 15 minutes to review these viewpoints and 35 minutes to craft an argumentative essay, stating their position while addressing the strengths and weaknesses of the contrasting arguments. This change not only reflects the complexity of real-life legal reasoning but also allows candidates to showcase a more authentic and multifaceted set of writing skills.

Adjustments & Timeline

  • Preparation Time: Test takers will now have a total of 50 minutes for the writing section, including a 15-minute preparatory period.
  • Unscored Component: For the 2024-2025 testing cycle, LSAT Writing will remain unscored, allowing time for LSAC to assess its reliability and validity. This means that if you're taking the current format of the test, you will take the current unscored format of LSAT Writing and shouldn't neglect LSAT prep in order to focus on writing.

Implications for Prospective Law Students

As you prepare for this new LSAT Writing format, it’s important to adapt study strategies to align with the updated assessment criteria.

Here are 5 tips to ensure readiness for the revised section:

1. Leverage Comprehensive Resources: Start your journey to LSAT success with The Princeton Review's LSAT Prep courses , which now feature updated lessons focused specifically on the new writing test. Beginning in April, our courses will provide strategies tailored to the revamped section, ensuring that you're well-equipped to tackle the changes head-on.

2. Practice with Precision: Utilize the sample prompts provided by LSAC in the LawHub. However, what sets successful candidates apart is how they practice. We advise simulating actual test conditions as closely as possible during your practice sessions. This methodical approach builds both comfort and efficiency, crucial components for mastering the new writing format.

3. Hone Your Analytical Skills: The new LSAT Writing section demands acute analytical skills. Our LSAT 165+ course is designed to enhance your ability to quickly identify key arguments and evidence within various perspectives. With the introduction of a 15-minute preparatory period in the new format, being able to distill pertinent information quickly will be important to a strong performance

4. Enhance Your Argumentative Writing: Clear, persuasive argumentation is important. Our updated LSAT prep materials will guide you through crafting essays that not only assert your position but also thoughtfully counter opposing viewpoints. This balanced approach to argumentative writing will be invaluable not only for the LSAT but also for your future legal studies and career.

5. Master Time Management: With the additional reading and analytical demands of the updated writing section, effective time management becomes a critical skill. Our LSAT prep strategies include time management techniques specifically designed for the writing section's new format, ensuring that you can confidently compose a comprehensive argument within the new time constraints.

Looking Forward

The introduction of the revised writing section coincides with the elimination of the analytical reasoning section, commonly known as "logic games," which will be replaced by an additional logical reasoning section starting in August. This double amendment represents one of the most significant evolutions of the LSAT since its inception in 1982.

By preparing effectively for this new format, you can not only maximize your LSAT performance but also begin to develop the advanced writing skills that will serve you throughout your legal education and career.