SANGEETA YADAV speaks to Daniel Bernstein, president, The Law School Admission Council (LSAC), a nonprofit corporation that helps ease the admission process for law schools
What is the LSAT India test?
LSAT-India test is the common entrance exam for admission to more than 50 law schools across India. Schools like Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, College of Legal Studies — UPES Dehradun, KLE Bangalore, et al are some of the law schools where LSAT-India scores will be accepted for admissions. There are different versions of the test for UG and PG admissions. Candidates identify the version of the test that they plan to sit as part of the registration process.
How is the LSAT 2012 exam different and better from the previous years?
The primary difference between this year’s exam and previous ones is that there will not be any break between exam sections. This improvement will reduce the overall amount of time candidates must spend at the test centre.
When was the LSAT exam introduced in India?
The LSAT-India was introduced in 2009, when one law school, Jindal Global Law School, accepted LSAT-India scores.
What is the eligibility criteria?
As the test scores are valid for admissions for five year, three year and two year programmes of the participating colleges, candidates are advised to check with the respective institutes where they are applying and be sure that they meet the set criteria laid by the participating colleges.
What’s the last date for registration?
The exam will be conducted on May 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm. Candidates can register online till April 15 or they can send a DD of Rs3,500 till April 12.
Tell us about the exam pattern.
The LSAT-India includes three question types: Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning. More information about the test design, as well as practice material, is available at the test’s website http://www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia.
How many exam centres are there all over India?
There are 16 test centres.
How should students prepare for LSAT exam?
Candidates should become familiar with the three question types using the practice material available on the test’s website. The timing of the exam is critical, so students should practice at least once using the standard timing conditions (35 minutes for each section). Because there is no negative marking, candidates should answer every question. If a question is too difficult, move on and come back to it later, if there is still time remaining for that section.
Work only in the current section of the test. Once a section has concluded, you may not go back to it later. Similarly, if you finish a section earlier, you should not skip ahead to a later section. Because the exam is skill-based, and not a test of any body of knowledge, cramming facts, dates, names, formulae, and other information in advance is not necessary.
What’s the role of Pearson VUE in this?
Pearson VUE are the global leaders of testing and assessment and ensure a secure test.
What are the benefits of LSAT?
The LSAT-India tests critical thinking skills that are demonstrably related to success in legal education and the practice of law. It does not include content, such as General Knowledge or Mathematics.
How many times can students appear for this exam?
This test is conducted only once in a year, so one can appear only once in a year. Candidates can take the test in multiple years, if necessary.
What are the minimum qualifying marks required to get admission?
Every law college has its own criteria, hence we recommend that students check with the respective law colleges to ensure that they understand the respective criteria well before applying.
(The article was published in the Pioneer Newspaper)