Back on June 1st, Khan Academy announced, with much fanfare and at least as many emojis, that its free LSAT prep course was live. This course was announced way back in 2017 in partnership with the Law School Admission Council. LSAC instituted many measures to make the LSAT more student-friendly and accessible throughout 2017 and 2018, but in many ways, this was its pièce de résistance — an entirely free online prep program. One that could, theoretically, narrow the gap between affluent pre-lawyers who are able to afford private tutors and commercial test prep and those who cannot.
It’s no secret that this year has shaken the Law School Admissions Council. Although there has been an increase in the number of people taking the LSAT in the last few years, the number of test takers was trending downwards for years and years, and the current amount of test takers is nowhere near the apex of the 2009-10 academic year. Plus, the slight increase in test takers hasn’t led to an increase in the number of people applying to law school, which is also of concern to LSAC. Then Harvard Law School flexed hard, and announced that it would allow applicants to apply with a GRE score, in addition to the LSAT. Harvard reasoned that the GRE was more open and accessible to potential applicants than the LSAT, which is admittedly quite restricted in the times and places you can actually take the exam.