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The LSAT Writing Sample (Essay Section)

The last of the six test sections you'll encounter on the LSAT is a 35-minute writing sample exercise designed to gauge the following:

  • Your ability to formulate a reasoned, persuasive argument
  • Your ability to compose an organized, coherent essay
  • Your facility with the English language and the conventions of standard written English

You'll be given a writing prompt that presents two alternatives and asks you to compose an essay in which you argue for one alternative over the other.

The LSAT Writing Sample is not scored. However, it will be provided to each school you designate as a score-report recipient. If you're a borderline candidate for admission to a particular school, your writing sample will probably be read and evaluated by at least one admissions officer at the school.

More on the LSAT Writing Sample is available at the pages listed below.

LSAT Writing Sample — testing procedures and rules

Example of an LSAT Writing Sample topic

The LSAT Writing Sample — an exemplary essay