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Introducing the Online LSAT—India 2020

In the light of the safety concerns emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic, LSAC has decided to administer the LSAT—India 2020 through an online platform instead of the earlier announced paper-based mode. Every candidate’s test will be proctored remotely using AI-assisted technology, and will include recording the candidate's entire examination via the computer’s web camera. Candidates registered for LSAT—India 2020 will be able to test from the comfort of their homes without paying anything additional or worrying about travelling to a test centre.

The online LSAT—India 2020 will be administered over multiple days starting 19th July 2020. After the closure of the registration period, candidates will receive information regarding the date and slot on which they will be required to appear for the test.

For clarity on the online remote proctored LSAT—India, please refer to Important LSAT—India 2020 reminders

Please remember to review all the communications sent to you from discoverlawindia@lsac.org

LSAC understands the importance of fairness and integrity in the law school admission process, which advances access and equity in legal education. Therefore, we are providing the important information below regarding the LSAT—India 2020 registration and test administration for your convenience.



1. About the Day of the LSAT─India

I have completed my mock test. When will I receive my password for my main exam?
Your password for main exam is same as the password for mock test.
 
I have completed all steps but have not received admit card. When will I receive this? Is it mandatory to show my admit card on the day of the test? 
Your password email is the admit card for the LSAT—India. No, it is not mandatory to show your admit card on day of the test. You will only be required to show one of the valid and acceptable photo ID. 
 
What is the procedure for taking up Online LSAT—India?
After the Registration end date, a candidate’s allotted session (date and time) will be communicated to the candidate. A few days before the test, candidates will be required to do a system verification to ensure that they meet the system specifications for taking the online test. Additional communication regarding the process of taking the test will be made available to the candidates 24 hours before the allotted test slot.
 
Can I work at any time on any section of the test?
The sections will be timed (35 minutes) and you will not be able to access a section once the time for that section is over. However, you will be able to review your answers in that section during the allotted section time.
 
What am I allowed to have with me during the online LSAT—India?
Candidates are not permitted to have anything with them during the online test except for your ID, two blank pieces of paper, and a (non-mechanical) pencil. You may have a bottle of water (transparent) and an analogue wristwatch on you. However, no pens, electronic devices, digital watches, calculators, study material, cameras or recording devices, headphones, PDA etc. should be anywhere near the area where you are taking the test.
 
What kind of identification do I need to take the online LSAT—India?
You must have one of the following Valid IDs (Original and Not Expired) available with you at the time of taking the exam:
  • UIDAI / Aadhaar Card
    (Aadhaar registration slip is NOT acceptable.)
  • Passport
  • Election Card / Voter ID
  • PAN Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Employee ID containing photograph and signature.

 

Please note that the following are NOT acceptable as IDs:

  • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
  • Notarised copies
  • Learner's driving license 
 
NOTE: ID’s shown on a mobile phone for identifications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

 If you do not have any of the above IDs, you will be admitted upon presentation of ANY TWO of the following, in original:

  • Tenth pass certificate/mark sheet that has date of birth on it.
  • Photo Identity (Issued by School, College or University)
  • Original admit card issued by University/Board for standard twelfth (XII) examination with affixed photograph.

 

Please note that the following are NOT acceptable as IDs:

  • Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
  • Notarised copies
  • Learner's driving license
 
What behaviours are prohibited?
Adhering to the highest moral and ethical standards is essential for those in the legal profession. 
Generally, during the test you may not:
  • Use a mobile phone for any purpose.
  • Have any electronic device in the vicinity of testing area.
  • Communicate with anyone other than your proctor.
  • Speak aloud.
  • Allow your face to leave the webcam’s view.
  • Leave your seat.
  • Attempt to run any software application besides the test application.
  • Access any prohibited materials.
  • Attempt to copy the test material text or record the screen.
  • Connect or disconnect any external storage devices.

 

After the test you may not:

  • Share details of the test in any form, oral or written, which includes sharing content on the internet or through any means or media.
  • Attempt to copy or save any test material on your computer.
 
What electronic devices are prohibited?
The following devices cannot be in your vicinity or the room in which you are testing :mobile phones, timers of any kind, electronic cigarettes, fitness-tracking devices, digital watches, calculator watches, chronograph watches (digital or nondigital), beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), calculators, cameras, recording devices, listening devices, headsets, and iPods and other media players. Please note that tablets, laptops, and personal computers that are not being used to take the test are also prohibited. If your session is flagged for a violation during the test, your audio and video data gathered during the test may be referred to for an investigation and any misconduct detected may lead to cancellation of your score.
 
Can I access any material on my computer or browse anything on the internet while I take the online LSAT—India?
You will not be able to access or use any other program on your system while taking the test. Attempts to do so will be grounds for cancellation of your score.
 
Where should I take the test?
Choose a quiet, well-lit, and private work area where you can complete the test without interruption. Ensure that your workspace is clean and clear of all prohibited items. Your entire face must be clearly visible throughout the test. Once you begin testing, do not move out of view of the webcam or change working environments until the test is over.
 
What if I need headphones, earplugs, or earbuds to take the test?
Unless a specified accommodation has been granted, candidates cannot wear headphones, earplugs, earbuds, or anything similar. 
 
What should I wear during my testing session?
Your testing session will be proctored live, and video of your session will later be reviewed by LSAC personnel. Please dress as you would if you were taking the test in person at a physical testing centre. Items that can obscure your face from the camera’s view, such as hats or hoods (with the exception of religious apparel), sunglasses, and headphones, may not be worn.
 
What happens if I lose my internet connection, or have other technical difficulties?
In most cases, the remote proctoring system will save your progress and pause the test while the technical issue is resolved, then restart the test and allow you to resume where you left off. You will not lose any test time. If your connection is interrupted during the test and you return after a gap of 30 minutes you will not be able to continue the test.
If you are unable to restore your connection within 30 minutes, your testing session will be terminated. You may be allowed to take the test again, if after investigation it is found that the interruption in the test was not due to any misconduct.
 
What if someone else enters the room while I am taking the test?
You must inform your family members and other people present at your home to not be present anywhere near the area where you are taking the test. If someone enters the area by mistake, ask them to leave immediately. Your testing session will be flagged for review, but you will not be penalised if it is concluded that no misconduct occurred.
 
I am a PWD (Person with Disability) candidate. How will the new test format accommodate my special needs and support requirement?
LSAC is committed to working with candidates with disabilities to see that their special needs are met under the circumstances. All candidates who have provided details of their disability during registration will be contacted to understand their support requirements for taking the test. If you have any disability that provides for additional time or other needs, LSAC will communicate directly with you to ensure the same is available to you for taking the online LSAT—India.

2. About the LSAT─India

What will the test pattern be for online LSAT─India?
The online LSAT—India will be very similar to the standard pen & paper LSAT—India. The only change from the pen & paper test is that the online test will not contain the unscored Variable section. Just as with the pen & paper test, the online LSAT—India will be comprised of four scored 35-minute sections as below:
 
Section Type Number of Questions Duration
Analytical Reasoning 23 35 minutes
Logical Reasoning (1) 22 35 minutes
Logical Reasoning (2) 23 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 24 35 minutes
  ~92 Total 2 hours and 20 minutes Total
 How long is the online LSAT--India?
The test consists of four 35-minute sections and will take approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.
 
Will there be any breaks during the test?
There will be no breaks for candidates during the online LSAT—India.
 
What types of questions are on the test?
There are three types of questions on the LSAT─India: Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. See here for examples of each.
 
When will the test be administered?
The LSAT─India will be administered starting 19 July 2020 over multiple days and slots.
 
Which law colleges accept LSAT─India scores?
LSAC Global – India LLP has associated with many colleges where LSAT─India scores are a preferred criterion for admission. You can find the complete list of LSAT─India Associated Colleges here . Many other law colleges in India will accept LSAT─India scores; you should check with any law college you are considering regarding the admission test scores that they accept.
 
How is the LSAT─India different from the LSAT?
The LSAT is an admissions test for North American and Australian graduate law programmes. The LSAT─India is an admission test customised for Indian law colleges and is used only for admission to law colleges within India. The LSAT─India includes the same question types as the LSAT, but is shorter, and scores are reported on a different scale.

3. About Registering for the LSAT─India

Who is eligible for LSAT—India?
All registrants who complete the test registration, pay the test fee in a timely way, and follow published test rules may sit for the LSAT—IndiaTM. It is the candidate's responsibility to understand the eligibility requirements of the associated law colleges to which one is applying before deciding whether to register for the LSAT—IndiaTM. If one registers for the test and then determines that one is ineligible for admission to the intended law school, no test-fee refund will be available. For the eligibility requirements of the LSAC Global Law Alliance colleges, candidates are requested to visit the respective law colleges' webpages.
 
How will the testing time be allotted?
Candidates will be notified of their testing date and time closer to test delivery window. The sessions will be determined as per the location of the candidates and specific remote proctoring requirements.
 
What will I need to register for the LSAT—India?
You will need a valid email address and mobile number, a photograph of yourself that you can upload, and a credit card for paying the registration fee.
 
Can I edit my registration application after I have submitted payment?
You may edit some of your registration information even after you have submitted payment. However, some information in your application cannot be changed after you have submitted payment, so it is important to enter all of the information carefully when first registering. If you do not have a required piece of information or you are uncertain about the accuracy of some information, you can save your application and return to it when you have the accurate information.
 
When is my registration for the LSAT—India complete? How will I know?
Your registration is complete when you have entered all of the required information on the registration site and submitted payment. You will receive an email confirming that your registration is complete.
 
Who do I contact for help with registration?
Contact us here for help with registration.

4. Fees and Payment

What will LSAT—India cost?
Candidates will not be required to pay anything additional for the online LSAT—India 2020. The registration fee for LSAT—India is INR 3800.
 
What is the mode of payment for the test?
Payment for the registration fee for the LSAT—India may be made online with a credit card and other online payment modes during the registration period. You have not completed your registration and you may not sit for the LSAT—India if you have not paid the registration fee during the registration period.
 
What do I do if I don’t have a credit card in my name?
If you do not have a credit card in your name and cannot pay using any other of the online payment modes, then write to us here and explain your situation.
 
Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?
No refunds for test registration or books will be issued.

5. Testing and Equipment Requirement for online LSAT—India

What kind of equipment do I need in order to take the online LSAT—India?
To provide broad availability to candidates, the online LSAT—India can be accessed by candidates with a laptop or desktop computer having following configuration:
Windows 8 or above Operating System, 2-4 GB and above RAM, Dual Core / i3 or above processor, attached or integrated Camera, Internet with consistent speed (as equivalent to browsing), Updated Web Browser (Chrome or Firefox), 15 GB or more of free disk space and a functional Audio-Video-Microphone. Also, the web browser should have pop-up blockers disabled in order to launch the test successfully. It is recommended to have a decent, branded Antivirus also installed. 
The candidate will be sent a link to a mock test closer to the exam date in order to test whether their computer and other equipment meet the requirements to take the online LSAT—India or not.
 
What if I don’t have all the equipment that I need to take the online LSAT—India 2020 (i.e. a webcam, etc.)?
Candidates are required to have the mentioned equipment with the configuration to take LSAT—India 2020. In case, you are unable to arrange for the required equipment, you may write to DiscoverLawindia@lsac.org and we will work with you to try to address your need.
 
How will LSAC ensure that the online LSAT—India doesn’t create additional barriers for candidates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds?
LSAC is committed to expanding opportunity and access for candidates who continue to be underrepresented in legal education and the legal profession. Even as we are administering the online LSAT—India as an emergency measure to provide a safe testing alternative during the current situation, we are very much aware that the COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate impact on many communities. You may write to DiscoverLawindia@lsac.org and we will work with you to try to address your need. 
 
How will LSAC ensure the online LSAT—India is secure?
LSAC considers the security, integrity, and validity of LSAT—India to be of utmost importance. We are accordingly implementing the highest standards of security. Candidates will take the test via a secured browser and will be unable to access any of the computer’s other programs during the test. Candidates’ activities during the test will be recorded via their webcam. Any sign of possible candidate misconduct, including collaboration with others, will be detected using the AI-assisted technology and human reviewers. 
 
Will personal information from my computer be accessed while taking the onlineLSAT—India?
No personal information can be accessed from your computers without your knowledge while you take the online LSAT—India.

6. Preparing for the online LSAT—India

How can I prepare for the online LSAT—India?
The test pattern and question types on the online LSAT—India are the same as that of the paper and pencil test (with the exception that there is no unscored Variable section on the online LSAT—India). Therefore candidates can prepare using the material currently available here. To make you familiar with the navigation through the exam and functionality of the online LSAT—India, a test familiarisation session will be shared with you few days before the test.

7. About LSAT─India Scores and Misconduct

How will I learn my LSAT─India score?
You will receive email notification when your Score Card is available for download from the registration site.

When will I learn my LSAT─India score?
Scores are generally available a few weeks after the test date. Scores are released as soon as they are ready. No announcement of a score release date should be taken to be a guarantee that scores will be released that day.

Under what circumstances can my score be cancelled?
Any failure to follow instructions, violation of the terms and conditions, or cheating are grounds for cancellation of scores. Scores may be cancelled if, during post-test analysis, there is evidence of cheating. Scores may be cancelled without an offer of a retest.

Can I request that my score or answer sheet be rechecked?
Yes. There will be a fee of INR 1500 to recheck scores or answer sheets, regardless of the reason for the request or the outcome of the recheck.

How long are LSAT─India scores valid?
Starting in 2019, an LSAT─India score became valid for 5 years. However, you should check with any law college you are considering about whether they will accept a score received during a prior year.

If my score is cancelled, will I be offered a retest?
Your score may be cancelled without the offer of a retest.

What activities count as ‘misconduct’ on the test day?
The following describes some forms of misconduct and is grounds for dismissal and cancellation of your score. This list is for illustration purposes only and is NOT an exhaustive list:
  • Using a mobile phone for any purpose.
  • Having any electronic device other than the testing equipment in the vicinity of testing area or using it for any purpose.
  • Communicating with anyone during the test.
  • Speaking aloud.
  • Allowing your face to leave the webcam’s view.
  • Leaving your seat for any purpose.
  • Attempting to run any software application besides the test application.
  • Accessing any prohibited materials.
  • Attempting to copy the test material text or record the screen.
  • Connecting or disconnecting any external storage devices.
  • Sharing details of the test in any form, oral or written, which includes sharing content on the internet or through any means or media.

 

8. About LSAT─India Associated Law Colleges

Will law colleges accept the online LSAT—India as a valid alternative to the standard LSAT—India?
LSAC has received overwhelming support for the online LSAT—India from our associated law schools. We have not received any indication from any member school that they will not accept the online LSAT—India as a valid part of a candidate’s application.  However, every law college has its own process for admission. And as is always the case, candidates should check the eligibility requirements directly from the law schools to which they are applying.
 
Which law colleges accept LSAT—India scores?
Many law colleges accept LSAT—India scores as a criterion for admission. The list of LSAT—India Associated Law Colleges, for which an LSAT—India score is a preferred criterion of admission, can be found here
 
How do I apply to a law college?
You must visit the website of the law college to learn the eligibility requirements and procedures for application. Registering for and taking the LSAT—India does not constitute an application to any law college.
 
Must I submit applications for law colleges that are separate from the LSAT—India registration application?
Yes, you must visit the website of the law college to learn the eligibility requirements and procedures for application. Registering for and taking the LSAT—India does not constitute an application to any law college.
 
Will LSAT—India associated Law Colleges receive confirmation of my score from LSAC Global – India LLP?
Yes, LSAC Global – India LLP will officially send your scores to the law colleges associated with LSAT—India.

9. 2019 Law College Forum

What is the 2019 Law College Forum?
The Law College Forum is an open-house-style recruitment event that makes it easy for you to research law colleges on a more personal level. You can learn about the application process, speak face-to-face with law college admission representatives, ask questions, and attend exclusive workshops.

How much does it cost for students to attend the 2019 Law College Forum?
The event is free for students to attend.

Where can I register for the 2019 Law College Forum?
Click Here

What are the Workshop topics at the 2019 Law College Forum?
Workshops will be held on the following topics:

  • Careers in Law
  • LSAT—India: The Deep Dive
  • Studying in the U.S.: The Graduate Law College Experience
  • Importance of Diversity in Law.

 

Where will the 2019 Law College Forum be held?
Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi on 6 December 2019.

When will be 2019 Law College Forum be held?
Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi on 6 December 2019.

10. LSAT—IndiaTM Topper Scholarship

Who will receive the scholarship?
The Topper Scholarship will be awarded to the test taker who receives the highest score on the 2020 LSAT—India.

How much is the award?
INR 4 lac

How many winners will there be?
There will only be one test taker who will win the scholarship.

What do I have to do to be considered for the Topper Scholarship?
All LSAT—India test takers are automatically eligible with no further action required.

Are there any requirements for accepting the scholarship if I receive the highest score?
You must be an Indian citizen and accepted to a 5 year law programme at an LSAC Global Law Alliance college. You may not accept any other scholarship.

What if there is a tie?
In the event of a tie, the names of the two or more top scoring students will be entered into a random drawing and one name will be selected.

Will I be recognized if I am tied for topper but my name is not selected in the tie-breaking random drawing?
Yes, you will be included in the Discover Law materials about the Toppers for the 2020 LSAT—India.

Can I receive other scholarships in addition to the Topper Scholarship?
No, this must be the only scholarship you receive. Acceptance of another scholarship will nullify the offer.

11. The Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Scholarship: An Essay Competition

Who was Shamnad Basheer?
Shamnad Basheer was the founding of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA), a trust which works on making legal education accessible for underprivileged students. Mr. Basheer had a profound effect on legal education in India. Sadly, he passed away in 2019.

Who can submit an essay?
You must have finished or about to finish grade 12 and must have registered and paid for the 2020 LSAT—India. You must be seeking admission to a 5 year Integrated law degree programme.

How long should the essay be?
The essay should be no more than 1,200 words.

What is the required topic of the essay?
The essay must address the question, ‘Why is it important to have diverse lawyers in India?’
Claim: Having a legal professional class (lawyers, judges, etc.) characterized by diversity of gender, caste, wealth status, language, and regional identity makes for a more just legal system.
Write an essay in which you argue for or against this claim. Provide reasons for your position.

How should my essay be formatted?
It should be readable by MS Word, double spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12-point font. You should submit a cover page separately that includes the essay title and your contact information.

How will the essays be evaluated?
Essays will be judged on quality and clarity of writing, persuasiveness, and degree of insight into the issue under discussion.

Who will judge the essays?
A panel of legal professionals will evaluate each submission and select the winning essay.

Can I receive both this scholarship and the Topper Scholarship?
No. You can only receive one of the scholarships.

What will happen to my submitted essay if I win the competition?
It will become the property of LSAC Global. It will be published on DiscoverLaw.in and it may be printed in a legal publication or blog.

Where can I find complete entry rules and instructions for the Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Scholarship?
Click Here


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