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Should LSAT Tutors Be Allowed to Take the LSAT?

As the LSAT registration closes in three weeks for the October 2015 LSAT Exam FindMyLawTutor wonders: who can take the LSAT?  We received one guest submission and wanted to pose this question to our readers. (portions and names have been redacted)



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Do you think that LSAT Tutors should be allowed to sit for the LSAT Test?

Our FindMyLawTutor reader explained:

I came across your Find My Law Tutor blog and I wanted to share a story that you may wish to post as a story for your visitors. As you know, all students who wish to take the LSAT must write out the following statement at the beginning of every test: “I certify that I am the examinee whose name appears on this answer sheet and that I am here to take the LSAT for the sole purpose of being considered for admission to law school. I further certify that I will neither assist nor receive assistance from any other candidate, and I agree not to copy or retain examination questions or to transmit them in any form to any other person.” I happen to have a problem with this statement, because I wanted to take the LSAT to prove my competence at the test. How can I, for example, get a job as an LSAT tutor if I don’t first prove my ability to score well on the test? I didn’t want to lie about my reasons for taking the test, and if I have no intention of applying to law schools after taking it, I would technically be breaking the promise I make by writing the certifying statement. The certifying statement LSAC makes all its students write is fundamentally unfair. The way the statement is written, the main problem isn’t even whether we intend to apply to law schools after taking the test. The statement asks us to certify that we are taking the test for the SOLE purpose of “being considered for admission to law school.” This means if I have any other purpose in mind when taking the test – even if it’s a secondary purpose – then I am technically not allowed to take the test. If I primarily want to take the test to be considered for admission to law school, but I also want to get a summer job as an LSAT tutor, guess what? I’m not allowed to take the test because being considered for admission to a law school is no longer the SOLE reason I am taking the test. I did what any honest student would do. I contacted the LSAC to explain my situation and why I wanted to take the test. I got a brief and blunt response declining my request.

I find it unfortunate that LSAT instructors or tutors aren’t allowed to sit for the test. I believe my reason for taking the test is legitimate. In fact, I am not the only one who has run into this problem. The LSAT is supposed to allow students to demonstrate their competence in logic, and I absolutely do not see the logic in their ludicrous policy. Perhaps it is my failure to solve this conundrum that makes me ineligible to take the LSAT!

Sincerely, Frustrated non-LSAT taker


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