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Past LSAT Writing Sample Topics

The LSAT test-writers must have some serious faith in you! They know that after five sections of intense logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and logic games, you will have the energy and willpower to write a wonderful essay on any random topic. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe it doesn’t sound so exciting at first.

But, thankfully, you can prepare for a pretty straightforward writing topic that will not stray too far from topics of the past. The main theme for LSAT writing sample topics could be described as “Making a Choice” (the LSAC calls them decision prompts). If you’re familiar with the basics of the LSAT writing sample, let’s move forward and take a look at some summaries of past LSAT writing topics and the general themes they’ve come under.

LSAT Writing Topics – “Making a Choice”

1. A City Newspaper – Business Decision – Preptest 36

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For its new Arts & Leisure column, the Tribune must choose between a theater review and a restaurant review. You must help them choose one over the other, considering two major concerns–increasing circulation/advertising and helping revitalize the Lakewood district.

2. An Architect gets a partnership offer – Life Decision – Preptest 36

A landscape architect has to choose between partnering with a larger firm or continuing to work for himself, considering his reputation and interest in the work he’s doing.

3. Summer Care for the Wang Family – Life Decision – Preptest 62

The Wangs must choose between two summer programs for their ten-year-old. They must consider how the summer care would add variety to their child’s experience and how easy transportation will be for them. Each of the two programs has pros and cons that may satisfy one consideration or the other.

How to Approach “Making a Choice” Topics

Your task here is to decide which option of two is the best and clearly supports your choice with solid reasoning. As we learned from the basics of the LSAT writing sample, “Start with an introduction paragraph that explains the issue and its two sides, then pick your stance in your thesis statement. Follow up with at least three points to support your stance, and refute the side that you did not select. Don’t forget to write a conclusion paragraph that ties your ideas back to your original thesis statement.”

Hopefully this sampling of writing topics will help you feel more comfortable tackling the LSAT. You can practice at home by using the full prompts from the LSAC’s page on the writing sample. Finally, Magoosh’s video lessons on formal logic and flaw questions are great tools to understanding how to spot a flawed argument and avoid making one yourself–essential skills for the writing section.

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