Tips for Taking the Writing Sample of the LSAT
Part of the LSAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The writing sample portion of the LSAT provides a topic with two courses of action; choose one and write a convincing argument for it. The LSAT writing sample isn't scored, but every law school receives a copy of the writing sample along with your LSAT score, so don't blow it off. Some law schools have even rejected applicants because of non-answers or facetious responses. Try these helpful writing hints:
Read the question carefully and think for a moment.
Pick a side — either side will do. There's no right answer.
Take a moment to outline your essay.
Write the essay in four or five paragraphs.
Explain your position and ward off any potential attacks.
Finish the essay smoothly; don't just drop your reader when you reach the end of the page.
Write carefully and legibly.
Don't end the section early. If you have extra time, proofread!
Don't leave more than a line or two blank. Though it isn't scored, it could make or break your entrance into law school if you're being compared with other similar-candidates.
Don't sweat this one — it's not scored.