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When Are LSAT Scores Released?

Knowing your LSAT score release date is crucial to selecting the right LSAT test date for you. You want to be sure you’ll have your scores in hand in time to send them to your dream school (and your safety schools).

LSAT score release dates

While the LSAC has released LSAT test dates as far in advance as July 2019, the official score release dates have only been released through the February 2018 exam. If you’re taking the December 2017 exam or February 2018 exam, you can know exactly when to expect your LSAT scores. (And if you’re taking a later exam, you can estimate that your scores will be released about a month later.)

LSAT DATEScore Release Date by Email Score Release Date by Mail
Saturday, December 2, 2017January 3, 2018January 11, 2018
Monday, December 4, 2017 (for Saturday Sabbath Observers)January 3, 2018January 11, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018March 8, 2018March 15, 2018

As you can see, scores are released a little earlier by email than by mail, so be sure to set up your if you’d like to get your LSAT scores earlier! (And who doesn’t want that?)

Quick note: You only have six days after the exam to cancel your LSAT score. If you are sure that your performance on the LSAT was not what it could have been—say you left an entire section blank or left after the break—then, and only then, should you consider cancelling your score. If not, you should keep your score and see how you did. Remember that you can always retest, so don’t let a few post-test jitters keep you from reaping the rewards of all of your hard work. I promise, you probably did better than you think you did.

The dreaded wait

You’ve done the hard work. The exam is done. Now, the dreaded wait for the LSAT score release. You could wring your hands and pace for four weeks, or you could take your mind off of the wait and put the finishing touches on your application. Let’s look at four ways you can occupy your mind and beef up your application between now and the LSAT score release date.

    1. Rest. First and foremost, you should take some time to relax and recharge after all of your months of studying. Take a moment to celebrate all of the work you’ve done (because there’s a lot more to come)!

    2. Finish your applications. Now’s the perfect time to complete all of your outstanding work on your applications. Most importantly, spend some time developing your personal statement—it’s critical to helping you stand out as a law school applicant.

    3. Contact your references. Reach out now, if you haven’t already, to those people who will be writing your recommendation letters. You want to be sure they have plenty of time to write you solid, well-thought letters, so don’t wait to the last minute when their plates may be too full.

    4. Order transcripts. Be sure to order all your relevant transcripts for your undergraduate work and any other graduate work you’ve completed.

And once you’re done with all of these steps (or at least have made progress on them!), your scores will be in your inbox or arriving soon!

Takeaway

LSAT scores are typically released about four weeks after the LSAT if you elect to receive your scores by email, or about five weeks if you receive your scores by mail. While you’re waiting for your LSAT scores release date, take some time to recharge and put the finishing touches on your law school applications.

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