This was an April Fool’s Joke. No need to freak out, dear reader.
The Law School Admissions Council captured attention from pre-laws and admissions counselors around the country this morning, issuing a press release concerning their ongoing disability lawsuit. However, buried toward the bottom of the release was the news that really shocked the law school world:
As part of its continuing efforts to make the Law School Admission Test an accurate barometer of the academic capability of future law students, the Law School Admission Council will reduce the time limit for each section of the exam from thirty five (35) minutes to thirty (30) minutes, beginning with the next test administration.
That’s right. Beginning with the June LSAT, test-takers will only have 30 minutes for every section.
The bad news doesn’t stop there. When asked to comment on whether there would be a commensurate decrease in the number of questions per section (currently around 25 for Logic Games, and 27 for Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning), our sources within LSAC stated that such a change would be “contrary to the increased rigidity and intellectual demand” sought by the new time constraints.
Test-takers around the internet are understandably balking at the change. Brad Canard, a recent UCLA graduate, lamented that the change will be a huge disadvantage for people who have been studying for weeks and months using the thirty-five minute limit. Leslie Hokes, a senior at University of Washington, expressed that she is looking into alternatives to the legal career she had planned to pursue.
We here at Blueprint would like to assure our students that we are already adjusting the curriculum in an effort to accommodate the recent changes. We are sad to report, however, that we’ll be doing so without the talent and guidance of Blueprint co-founder Trent Teti, who resigned this morning in protest of the new LSAC policies.
Though both students and law schools will eventually adjust to this LSAC-mandated brave new world, April 1st 2015 is likely a date that will forever live in pre-law infamy.