LSAT Cheating: How NOT to Cheat | Tip #197

LSAT Cheating: How NOT to Cheat | TipsWith LSAT Test Day coming up, it's only natural to get stressed.

Above The Law wrote about a guy in North Jersey (insert Jersey joke here) who posted a craigslist ad looking for someone to take the LSAT for him for $500.

Suppose you were going to attempt to hire someone to take it for you. Aside from the questionable ethics involved, there'd be a lot of logistics involved:

-finding someone who looks a lot like you (a "Talented Mr. Ripley"?)
-making sure they know the LSAT enough to get your goal score
-payment (before the exam, immediately afterward, when the score comes back?)
-the thumbprint/photo situation (thumbprints in U.S., photos outside U.S.)

However, let's suppose the stars aligned and your LSAT-genius doppelgänger searched "LSAT" on the Northern New Jersey craigslist and found you (unlikely).

Assuming this person doesn't have moral qualms about it, they're probably not willing to take the risk, even for a little quick cash. They're likely busy tutoring the LSAT, working as an attorney, in graduate school of some kind, or gainfully employed.

Then, even if you didn't get caught, would you do it all over again for the bar? Better to get used to actually learning stuff.

As Elie at AboveTheLaw says:
The LSAT can be really stressful, I suppose… though I will say that if you get freaked out by a reading comprehension test and some logic games, then what in the hell do you think is going to happen to you when you sit for a two-day bar exam? Or when you have to defend a client in court, or negotiate a billion-dollar merger?
Just in case this post gives you any ideas, *No, I'm not willing to take the LSAT for you.*


  1. Good points. Moral obligations aside, even if one could get a decent fake ID for this individual, the problem is in fingerprinting. Just about every talented LSAT-taking individual either intends to take or has taken the LSAT. The former would never agree on the grounds that they'd not be able to take it themselves and the latter wouldn't be able to get you a score as their fingerprint would already be in the database. Aside from tracking down some talented genius who prepped for the LSAT and never took it but decided to go into some other field, the approach is pretty useless.

  2. Just go to China and this happens all the time. In the US, you play by the rules - lol.

  3. If you get someone to take the LSAT for you there is now someone who knows you cheated. You are now open to blackmail. There is no statue of limitations on bar eligibility.