The LSAT Essay: What It Is and How to Write It

If you’re like many LSAT test-takers, the thought of writing a timed essay on an unfamiliar topic makes you feel a bit queasy. This is understandable. However, a little familiarity and preparation can go a long way. Let’s discuss the logistics of the essay section, and then we’ll talk about some strategies for organizing and writing your LSAT essay.

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Know this: There is no right or wrong answer. You can choose either the lofts or the empty building, but you must convincingly argue you think it is the best choice.

Develop a template for the LSAT essay and use the same structure on test day. Since each scenario is more or less the same, your template will work for any scenario you are presented with. Here's an example template for an essay in which you choose Option 1:

P2--Why Op 1 fulfills the first criteria better than Option 2 does
P3--Why Op 1 fulfills the second criteria better than Option 2 does

Another template for choosing Option 1:

P2--Why the pros of Option 1 outweigh the cons, considering the criteria
P3--Why the cons of Option 2 outweigh the pros, considering the criteria

Read and write several LSAT writing sample prompts so that you know what to expect on test day. If you have sets of full-length LSAT practice tests, you can locate the writing section at the end. You can also find LSAT sample writing prompts on the LSAC website.

When practicing, write the essays under timed conditions, 35 minutes each. And when you take full-length LSAT practice tests, don't skip the writing sample.

On the day of the LSAT, keep in mind it is not the most important part of the LSAT, but try do your best. If you have a ready-made template that you are comfortable with, you will have no problem producing an acceptable essay.

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Sample LSAT Essay Topic

The city of Stockton must choose an event to inaugurate its new auditorium, an open-air stage with seats for about 15,000 people and a surrounding lawn with room for 30,000 more. Write an argument in favor of hiring either of the following performers with these considerations in mind.