Logic Games are hands down the worst part of the LSAT. They arguably have the the least relevance to the profession. We practice reading comprehension every day, but if the seating questions that forced us to determine where Shannon and Michael have to sit if neither of them can be near Beth were ever relevant, there’d be some actual consequences for Thomas sitting next to Crow and Koch.
Thankfully, future generations of lawyers can nix it from their test prep. From LSAC:
For the 2024-2025 testing cycle, the LSAT will undergo an update to its structure.
Starting with the August 2024 LSAT, the multiple choice portion of the test will consist of two scored Logical Reasoning sections and one scored Reading Comprehension section, plus one unscored section of either Logical Reasoning or Reading Comprehension.
This change is the result of extensive research, and is designed to ensure that every test taker can demonstrate their logical reasoning skills to the best of their abilities.
The LSAT will continue to assess the reasoning, reading, and writing skills that are essential for success in law school and the practice of law.
“The goal of this change is to add a degree of fairness and inclusion to the law school application process. Through their research, LSAC determined that they could accomplish this while still testing essential law schools skills by substituting a second Logical Reasoning section for the current Logic Games section.
“In my experience as a teacher over the past 30 years, I can tell you that while the majority of students find Logic Games the most challenging of all the exam’s sections, students very often see the most improvement in this section when preparing for the LSAT. While Logical Reasoning may initially seem more familiar, the skills it tests are quite challenging, and for many students, require additional practice time to improve.
“The first question you should ask yourself in determining when to take the test is “When do I want to start law school?” If you intend to matriculate in fall 2024, then there’s only one option: You must take the LSAT before June 2024, with Logic Games.
“If you are targeting matriculation in fall 2025 or beyond, you have some time, although submitting your applications early in fall 2024 gives you the best window for early and rolling admissions.
“To make an informed decision, take a practice LSAT. Compare your results on the Logical Reasoning and Logic Games sections. This will help you identify your strengths and opportunities on the LSAT to inform your decision about whether to take the test in its current format with Logic Games or to prepare for the upcoming version, with no Logic Games and two Logical Reasoning sections. Keep in mind that many students make their greatest improvements in the Logic Games section.”
Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at email@example.com and by tweet at @WritesForRent.