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Best LSAT Test Dates | 2019 and 2020

Thinking of going to law school in 2019, 2020, or 2021? If so, it’s time to start planning out your LSAT date and study schedule.

To help you decide when to take the LSAT, we’ve outlined all of the upcoming LSAT dates and some pointers to help you choose which administration is right for you.

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In this post, we’re going to go over:

  1. LSAT Dates for 2019-2020
  2. What is the best LSAT test date for me?
  3. Study Schedules for Your LSAT Test Date
  4. A Note on LSAT Registration Dates and Deadlines
  5. Takeaway

 

LSAT Dates for 2019-2020

The LSAT is offered nine times a year, which means you have plenty of dates to choose from, so pick the best date for you and your schedule.

Quick note: the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) will offer the LSAT exclusively in a digital format starting in September 2019. If you’re a die-hard pencil and paper fan, plan to take the exam before then!

The exam is typically administered on a Monday or Saturday but there are a few exceptions:

  • For Saturday Sabbath observers, a week day administration is paired with each Saturday administration and typically takes place on the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after a Saturday date.
  • In Asia, Australia, and New Zealand administrations are usually on a Sunday in February and June, and there are accordingly no separate administrations for Saturday Sabbath observers in those regions.
  • There is a Spanish LSAT offered once per year at two test centers in Puerto Rico. This exam is only intended for students applying to the three law schools located in Puerto Rico.

U.S. LSAT Test Dates and Times

LSAT DateLSAT Time
Monday, June 3, 201912:30 PM
Monday, July 15, 201912:30 PM
Saturday, September 21, 20198:30 AM
Monday, October 28, 201912:30 PM
Monday, November 25, 201912:30pm
Monday, January 13, 202012:30PM
Saturday, February 22, 20208:30 AM
Monday, March 30 , 202012:30 PM
Saturday, April 25, 20208:30 AM

International LSAT Test Dates

International LSAT Date
Monday, June 3, 2019 (South America/Central America/Mexico)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Sunday, June 23, 2019 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)

Note: If you are taking the LSAT outside of the US, check your ticket for the exact time of the exam.

 

What is the best LSAT test date for me?

The good news is there are many LSAT dates to choose from—you just have to narrow down the best option for you. Consider when you’re planning to apply to law school, so you can ensure your LSAT scores will be available in time to apply.

If you’re not sure when you want to start law school, you have a little more flexibility. LSAT scores are valid for up to five years, so you can take the test early and leave a cushion for retakes, work obligations, and other outside commitments.

To help you select your date, let’s walk through the advantages and disadvantages of each test date.

 

Winter LSAT Administrations

January

The January LSAT is great for eager students applying in the following application cycle–it can take a lot of stress off your mind to know that you have many opportunities to retake and many more months to study and prepare your applications, if needed.

However, the January LSAT would be less than ideal for students interested in matriculating that same year. A number of schools won’t consider a student with a January LSAT score in an applicant pool for that same year.

February

The February exam is another great option for students wanting to get the LSAT out of the way early. You’ll get your score back too late to apply for admission that same year, so know that you’ll be applying for admission the following year.

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The advantage of the February exam is that it leaves you lots of time to retake the LSAT if you need and allows you to get the exam done early, leaving you time to focus on the other pieces of your application.

Spring LSAT Administrations

The LSAT is offered in March and April every spring. Like the February exam, these administrations are a great option for students who want to get the LSAT out of the way early and have time to focus on other parts of the law school application.

However, it’s not a good choice if you’re hoping to start law school the same year, because you’ll get the results back too late to apply. So, only consider a Spring LSAT date if you’re hoping to get the LSAT done early in the application process and have time to retest, if needed.

Summer LSAT

The June and July administrations are the most popular test dates among students. For test-takers who are currently still in undergrad, they fall over summer break, so these administrations present a rare chance to study and take the test with fewer class and club responsibilities in the way. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll likely have final exams and course commitments to balance until just a few weeks before the test date.

Added bonus: the June and July exams are administered in the afternoon, so they’re the perfect choice for those of you who definitely aren’t morning people. That’s right – no need to fear oversleeping! (The March, October, and November exams are also offered in the afternoon for you night owls.)

Fall LSAT Administrations

September

One of the benefits of the September test date is that it gives you the entire summer to study – which is particularly advantageous for current undergrads. However, remember that those pesky fall semester classes will have started up again by September, so if you’re still in school, you’ll have more commitments on your plate. If you’re worried about getting rusty on the LSAT skills you picked up over the summer, try to keep up with your study schedule as much as you can even in the midst of homework and other tests.

The downside to taking your first LSAT around this time is that you’ll really want to nail this test if you plan to apply early in the admissions cycle. Getting a strong LSAT score from this test date is ideal because it will still allow you to apply about as early as all of the students who sat for the June LSAT. Also, if you need to retest, you can take the exam in October and still get your applications in on time.

October

Like the September exam, the October LSAT is early enough in the admissions cycle that you can retest if needed (in November). If you’re a student, however, you may wish to take the LSAT at a different time of year. October tends to be very busy time with mid-terms and extracurriculars picking up speed. If you can, you may want to take the exam over the summer or in September to benefit from more free time for studying.

November

The November LSAT will be the last chance you’ll have to take the LSAT and still be considered for the current admissions cycle by top law schools. You’ll be applying on the later end with a score from a November test, but you’ll still be on time if you make sure other parts of your application (like your resume and personal statement) are ready to go. Keep this point in mind especially if you’re flip-flopping about how ready you are for the September test.

Some students intentionally impose a September test date on themselves, even if that’s unrealistic for them to achieve a good score. Remember that every single law school will accept your November score. Be sure to give yourself enough time to do your best!

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Pick a test date based on your schedule. If you know you have a crazy courseload in the fall, but a light summer, plan accordingly. If you have plans for Cancun all summer and just can’t imagine bringing your LSAT books to crash that party, account for that. Everyone’s situation will look different.

The most important thing is to choose a date by which you will be best prepared . It’s stressful to be rounding the corner of your test date only to realize that you’re 10 points from where you want to be scoring. While there are pros and cons to each of the test dates on the calendar, no pro or con is outweighed by a fantastic score (even if that score means applying later in the application cycle)!
 
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How long should I study before my LSAT date?

Ideally, give yourself about three months to study for the LSAT. Why three months? If you commit that amount of time, and study for about three hours a day, five days a week, you’ll have logged enough time to truly familiarize yourself with the game types, reading passages, logical reasoning stems, and whatever else the LSAC might throw at you.

Remember, there is no way to “pass” or “fail” the LSAT. There is simply a way to master the test and get the score you need for the school of your dreams—or fall short and have to retake or reconsider your pool of potential schools. The LSAT stakes are high, so don’t sell yourself short on study time.

Now, on the other hand, you don’t want to go to the other extreme. Students who create year-long study plans often lose sight of the goal ahead and find it difficult to stay motivated. That said, you know your schedule best. Maybe you’ve got crazy work projects coming up or know that you’ve got killer classes up on the horizon. In those cases, you may very well need more than three months to pull together a great LSAT score.

Check out our recommended study timelines (below) as a frame of reference for each test date. These timelines budget for the possibility of retaking the test, if you’re not satisfied with your score from your target test date. And again, remember that these are guides only. Your personal study timeline should accommodate for class schedules, planned vacation trips, weddings…in other words, life!

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Study Schedules for Your LSAT Test Date

The information below will give you a general idea of how to plan your calendar to accommodate the LSAT studying you will need for your test date. You can also check out our more comprehensive advice for how to study for the LSAT.

Winter LSAT Test Date:

*If you plan on enrolling in law school the following fall, the January LSAT should be a last-resort option to get your scores in time for admission to most schools.

September/October through January – study and simultaneously prepare applications and essays

January/February – take the LSAT. Finalize applications if you take the January exam and are hoping to start in the fall. For February test takers, get ahead of the game and start working on your recommendation letters.

Spring LSAT Test Dates:

*If you plan on enrolling in law school the following fall, the March and April LSAT dates will be too late.

December through February – focus on studying for the exam

March/April – take the LSAT

June – retake the LSAT (if needed) and work on applications for submission in the fall. (Congrats, you’re ahead of the pack!)
 

Summer LSAT Test Dates:

March through May – study!

June/July – take the LSAT

August through September – study to retake the LSAT (if needed), prepare applications and essays

September/October – retake the LSAT (if needed) and finalize applications for submission

Fall LSAT Test Dates:

June through August – study!

September – take the LSAT

October through November – study to retake the LSAT if necessary, prepare applications and essays

December – retake the LSAT (if needed) and finalize applications for submission
 

 

A Note on LSAT Registration Dates and Deadlines

Generally, online registration deadlines fall about 5-6 weeks before their respective LSAT test dates. Mail and phone registration close about four weeks prior. Nonpublished test center registration closes about eight weeks prior to test day – note that this type of registration is only applicable to students who live over 100 miles from a published LSAC testing center and are unable to travel to a published center for the test.

If you’re registering on the day of the deadline, you should try to do so during normal EST business hours. If you experience technical glitches later at night, LSAC will not be able to make accommodations for you.

Remember that spots fill up rather quickly at popular test centers, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you’d like to have a convenient commute. Make sure you consider all the factors choose the best test center for you.

For those of you considering applying for special accommodations on the exam, you’ll want to start the registration process as early as possible, since you can only submit your request for accommodations after you register for the exam.

For a full list of official upcoming LSAT dates and times, as well as registration deadlines, visit the LSAC website.

 

 

Takeaway

The right LSAT date depends on your own schedule and commitments, and when you plan to start law school. To do well on the LSAT, you have to set aside considerable time to study, so pick the test date that allows you sufficient time to study and retest, if needed. Once you choose the date that’s right for you, all you have to do is study hard, and you’ll crush the LSAT.

This post was co-written by LSAT experts Travis and Catherine.

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