Tips for the Writing Sample Section of the LSAT - dummies

Tips for the Writing Sample Section of the LSAT

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch, Amy Hackney Blackwell

Part of LSAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The only LSAT section for which the correct answer isn’t right there in front of you is the writing sample. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) doesn’t score your essay, but admissions committees will likely read it. To make a good impression, heed this advice.

  • 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!

  • Try to fill at least one and a half pages. Though the writing sample isn’t scored, it could make or break your entrance into law school if you’re being compared with other, similar candidates.