The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and the Bar exam are two of the most important tests that law students and aspiring lawyers must take in order to become licensed to practice law. While both tests are critical components of the law school admission and licensure process, they are designed to measure different skills and abilities.
In short the main difference between the LSAT and the bar is that the LSAT is the exam you take to get into law school while the Bar is the exam you take after law school to obtain your license in law. However, in this blog post, we’ll dig deep into the key differences between the LSAT and the Bar exam.
List of differences of the LSAT and the Bar
The primary purpose of the LSAT is to measure a student’s critical thinking and reasoning skills and determine their suitability for law school. In contrast, the primary purpose of the Bar exam is to determine whether a law school graduate is competent and qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction.
The LSAT is a standardized test that consists of five sections: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, an unscored experimental section, and a writing sample. The content of the LSAT is designed to evaluate a student’s ability to analyze and evaluate arguments, understand complex reading passages, and identify patterns and relationships. Conversely, the Bar exam is a comprehensive examination that tests a law student’s knowledge of legal principles, rules, and procedures. The content of the Bar exam varies by state, but it typically includes multiple choice questions, essays, and performance tests
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with a median score of approximately 151. In contrast, the Bar exam is scored on a 400 point scale, in which each jurisdiction has it’s own pass/fail score. However, the minimum pass score is typically around 260 to 280.
The length of the LSAT is approximately 3 hours, while the Bar is typically a 2 day exam that totals 12 hours of testing. However, the structure of the Bar does vary state-by-state.
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