Once you’ve decided to take the LSAT, it’s important to consider the LSAT registration dates. You can’t register for the LSAT after the deadline, so you must stay on top of it. In this article, I’ll go over how to register for the LSAT. I’ll also discuss what to do if you need to change your test date or location.
The LSAT, or the Law School Admission Test, is administered by LSAC, the Law School Admission Council. Candidates are required to register several months in advance. As a result, you cannot register on the day of the exam. In addition, walk-in registrations are not accepted.
LSAC chooses the number of times to give the LSAT each year based on the demand and other factors. In the past, it was only given 4 times a year. Then, LSAC bumped it up to 7 or 9 times. Right now, we don’t yet know how many times it will be given in 2021. However, you can usually expect a chance to take it every month or every other month.
For the remaining months in 2020, it will be given in November.
For 2021, the LSAT is already scheduled for January, February, and April. It’s likely that LSAC will add more 2021 dates. So if they add dates for June LSAT registration or July LSAT registration, I’ll update this article. But right now, we don’t know if any new dates will be the standard LSAT or the LSAT-Flex.
Before you choose an LSAT test date, you should also consider where you plan to take the exam. Click here to find LSAC’s searchable database of testing centers.
LSAC has made registering for the LSAT easy. To do so, just follow these steps.
Start at http://www.lsac.org/LSAT. In the row of blue buttons, click “Register Now.”
When you come to the LSAC account screen, you’ll need to start by creating a new account. At the bottom of the screen next to “Don’t have an account?” click on the link for “Sign up now.” To create an account, you just need to enter your name, email address, and create a password.
Next, you will receive an email from LSAC to confirm your account. Just follow the instructions.
Once you receive your email and confirm your account, you will be taken to your LSAC Account Access page. To start, fill out your personal information and state where you received (or will receive) your bachelor’s degree. Then, you’ll be able to select your test date and location and register for the LSAT.
In this step, you should use the first and last name that appears on the ID you will use on the day of the LSAT.
Or, if you would rather register by phone, you can do that, too. Call LSAC at 215-968-1001 to register your exam. The registration line is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (September-February) or 4:45 PM (March-August) (Eastern time.) If you call on a Monday, expect delays because it’s the busiest day of the week for the LSAC staff.
LSAC is trying to work with law school candidates to make sure that taking the LSAT is safe, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. So in response to safety concerns, LSAC has announced that many of the upcoming exams will be the LSAT-Flex. This new test format is an online, remotely proctored exam. In fact, students take it on their own computers instead of traveling to a test center. If this situation applies to you, LSAC will automatically change your registration from the LSAT to the LSAT-Flex.
When you register for the LSAT, you have several dates and deadlines to consider.
You should frequently check with LSAC regarding your deadlines. For instance, LSAC can amend deadlines from time to time. As an example, some deadlines have changed regarding the LSAT-Flex because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following are the remaining LSAT registration deadline dates for 2020. However, these dates reflect testing centers in the United States and Canada. To learn more about deadlines for other regions, click here.
The November 2020 LSAT will be the LSAT-Flex that will be given November 7, 8, 10, and 11, 2020. The November LSAT registration deadline is Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Here are the LSAC deadlines for the January 2021 LSAT. Remember, the exam will be given remotely on January 16 and 17. To sit for the January exam, you must meet the December LSAT registration deadline.
The February LSAT registration deadline is Wednesday, January 6, 2021. And keep in mind that the February 2021 LSAT will be the LSAT-Flex version given on February 20 and 21.
The registration deadline for the April 2021 LSAT is February 24, 2021. Specifically, the LSAT-Flex is available to take on April 10 and 11, 2021.
Life happens, and from time to time, we all miss important deadlines. However, if you want to sit for the LSAT on a particular date, you can’t miss the registration deadline. LSAC does not offer late registrations for any reason. In fact, there is a strict deadline of 11:59 PM on the stated dates. In fact, you can’t even request an extension for technical problems. So even if you can’t register because the internet is down, the LSAC website is slow, or the phone lines are full, you’re still out of luck.
Therefore, if you miss your registration, plan to make the next deadline. Thankfully, the LSAT is offered several times a year. Therefore, you only have to wait another month or two.
The LSAT registration fee is $200. But this isn’t the only fee you will incur. In addition, you will also have to pay the $195 Credential Assembly Service fee. This fee pays to have your LSAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation sent to your chosen law schools as a single report. Moreover, there is also a $45 Law School Report fee for each school that you plan to apply to.
If you register for the LSAT but are unable (or even unwilling) to take it, you can move or cancel your registration in three ways. However, keep in mind that each withdrawal method has a deadline.
LSAC allows you to change your LSAT date as long as you do so before your Test Date Change deadline. Generally, your Test Date Change deadline is about a month before your scheduled test date. But always check with LSAC to confirm the exact date.
Your new requested date must be in the same testing year as your old one. (Testing years start on June 1.) There is only one exception. If you are scheduled to take the last LSAT of the testing year, you can request to take it the following testing year as long as your Test Date Change deadline has not passed.
To submit your Test Date Change request, log into your LSAC account and follow the instructions. But the fee is $125, so be sure that your new test date works for you.
If you no longer wish to sit for the LSAT, you can request a partial refund of $50. However, you must request this partial refund before the LSAC LSAT Registration Refund deadline, which is usually about a month before your scheduled test date. But still, always double-check with LSAC.
Beware that there are certain situations in which LSAC will not refund any of your registration fees. For example, you won’t get a refund if you were denied entry at a testing center because you didn’t have an admission ticket photo or your ID.
To request an LSAT refund, first download and complete the LSAT Refund Request Form. Second, mail a hard copy to LSAC or scan and email it to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org. Next, make sure you fill out the whole form and sign it or it could get rejected. And finally, remember that sending forms through the mail takes time. After all, LSAC must have the request before the deadline.
Even after the Test Date Change and LSAT Registration Refund deadlines, you can still completely withdraw your LSAT registration. In fact, you have until 11:59 PM the night before your scheduled date to withdraw. However, you won’t get a refund of any of your fees. And if you decide to register for the LSAT again down the road, you’ll also have to pay the full registration cost.
To completely withdraw your LSAT registration, first log into your LSAC account. Then, follow the instructions on the “LSAT Status” page.
The next opportunities to take the LSAT are in the week of November 7, 2020; January 16 and 17, 2021; February 20 and 21, 2021; and April 10 and 11, 2021.
The LSAT is currently offered several times a year, once every month or two months.
The registration fee is $200. Likewise, other basic fees include the Credential Assembly Service fee ($195) and the Law School Report fee ($45 for each law school application).
LSAC does not permit late registrations. Therefore, LSAC does not have a late registration fee.
If you missed LSAT registration deadlines, the best course of action is to plan to take the next available LSAT. In other words, LSAC does not allow late registrations.
No. In short, if you do not meet the registration deadlines, you will not be able to take the LSAT. For instance, walk-in registration on the day of the exam is not allowed at testing centers or online in your LSAC account. Additionally, LSAC does not give make-up or late registration tests.
Yes. As long as you haven’t missed your Test Date Change deadline as outlined by LSAC, you can log into your LSAC account and request a new date that is within the same testing year. The fee is $125.
Registration for the November 2020 to April 2021 LSAT dates is now open. If September 2021 dates are added to the LSAT schedule, we will keep you updated. You can also check the LSAC website.
Once you chose an LSAT test date, you must register to take the exam. In conclusion, register as soon as you have picked your date to give yourself some wiggle room if an issue comes up. Remember to stay on top of the other deadlines, too, in case you need accommodations or need to change your test date.
And while you’re meeting your deadlines, don’t forget to stay on top of your studies. If you haven’t selected an LSAT prep course, I have reviews and discounts in this article. On my blog, you can also find advice for studying for the LSAT and what to expect on your LSAT test day. Similarly, I have advice for law school admissions help.