Do I have to sit the LSAT?
All applicants for the Melbourne JD have to sit the LSAT prior to applying. Only University of Melbourne Guaranteed Entry applicants are exempted from sitting the LSAT.
What can I expect?
The LSAT comprises five multiple choice sections of 35 minutes each and a 35 minute writing sample. The writing sample does not go toward the calculation of your LSAT score, although we receive this sample and it forms part of your application.
The LSAT has three types of questions:
- Reading comprehension
- Analytical reasoning
- Logical reasoning.
About the LSAT on the LSAC website has a detailed description of these three question types and what to expect.
How should I prepare?
We strongly recommend that in order to perform to your true ability, you take the time to prepare for the LSAT. The LSAC website includes information on LSAT Preparation Materials, providing links to sample questions with explanations and a couple of sample LSAT tests. Many bookshops also stock LSAT prep books which can be ordered online (some offer next day delivery within Australia) if not available in-store. We encourage you to download the sample LSAT test online and sit it under exam conditions to decide for yourself if further preparation is needed. Please remember that your LSAT score is only one of the two criteria considered in assessing your application.
LSAT preparation books are available in the Melbourne Law School Library and can be found by searching the University of Melbourne Library catalogue (Keyword: LSAT).
The Co-Op Bookshop stocks The Official LSAT Handbook, in addition to other publications from the Law School Admission Council. Various practice tests are also available for purchase and the Co-Op Bookshop accepts online orders. Please contact the Co-Op Bookshop directly to place your order.
Many local bookshops also stock LSAT preparation books which can be ordered online. If in stock, some offer next day delivery within Australia (which is likely to be quicker than delivery if you order through LSAC). These books are very useful. Among other things, they offer:
- An explanation of the LSAT and how it is scored
- Tips and strategies to practise specific skill types (eg logic reasoning, logic games, reading comprehension and writing sample)
- A preparation guide for the week of the test, what you can expect on the day and after the test
- A diagnostic test to identify your strengths and weaknesses so you know what questions to focus on in your preparation for the LSAT.
There is also plenty of material available online that provides tips and assistance with LSAT preparation; however, please note that some of these are independent sites and we cannot confirm their reliability.
How do I know what score I need?
The point of preparing thoroughly for the LSAT is to maximise your performance on this selection criterion. Please bear in mind that it is not possible for the Law School to publish indicative scores or ranges of scores given that the LSAT is one of two selection criteria entry to the Melbourne JD. The other criterion is the applicant's previous academic results. The two criteria are assessed in a holistic way and no single criterion is determinative or given more weight than another.
Will the selection committee read my LSAT essay?
Yes. The LSAT essay is not scored, but copies of the writing sample are sent to Melbourne Law School along with your LSAT report. This writing sample is a good opportunity to show the selection committee how you write an essay under exam conditions.
When do I sit the LSAT?
The LSAT is administered three times a year; February, June and October. The October LSAT is the last LSAT sitting should you wish to be considered for a CSP/Bursary or scholarship for the following year. Registration closes a month (sometimes two months) before the date of the test. For further information, visit the LSAC website.
Applicants are encouraged to sit the LSAT as early as possible to allow time for resitting the test if required. In the past, the JD Selection Committee has seen applicants substantially improve their LSAT score in the second sitting. LSAT scores are valid for five years and Melbourne Law School will use your highest LSAT when assessing your application.
What if I've already sat the LSAT?
If you have already taken the test within the last five years of the application deadline, you may choose to use those results in your application for the Melbourne JD. You must still provide us with your LSAC registration number in your application.
- Where can I sit the LSAT?
Can I resit the LSAT?
Yes. LSAT scores are valid for five years and Melbourne Law School will use your highest LSAT when assessing your application. For further information, visit the LSAC website.
How does Melbourne Law School retrieve my results?
You must include your eight digit LSAC account number in your Melbourne JD application after you have registered or sat the LSAT. This allows us to download your LSAT scores directly from LSAC after results are released.
- How do I register?