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Writing Sample

The final section of the LSAT is the writing sample. This part of the test is not scored, but a copy of it, along with your LSAT score, will be sent to the law schools to which you apply.

It is unlikely that a person’s writing ability can be accurately measured with thirty-minute essay, especially when it is administered after a three-and-one-half hour, time-pressured test. Many people who write well, but only through repeated revision, will bomb this part of the test. Even natural writers can do poorly. The law schools realize this, so it is unlikely that anyone will look at your essay. Hence, your preparation strategy should be to concentrate your studies on those parts of the test that are scored.

Some claim that the writing sample can make or break an applicant whose score borders between acceptance and rejection, or that it can be used to decide between two people with equivalent LSAT scores. However, your best bet is to study the scored sections and bump yourself out of that situation. Besides, it is doubtful that the writing sample is actually used in that manner. Put yourself in the position of an admis­sions officer who, working against a deadline, has to make a decision on X number of applicants. Would you want to spend the time (and it would be time consuming) to evaluate and contrast two essays? Keep in mind that these essays are often nearly illegible and painfully dull.

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