Last Updated: December 14, 2022
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test conducted by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for aspiring law school candidates. It is an integral part of admission to law schools in the United States, Canada, and many more countries. It aims to assess skills required for the first year of law school. These include reading, comprehension, logical reasoning, and writing, which present the abilities of the candidates in addition to their GPA.
It is recommended that the candidate takes the test before the year of applying to prospective law schools, due to the following reasons:
- Many Law Schools prefer that the candidates take the LSAT by December before the year of their fall admission.
- The first exam can be scheduled earlier in case the candidate needs to increase their score.
- Ideally, the aim of scheduling the LSAT dates should be between June to October of the previous year. Some schools would accept the February LSAT score of the admission year, but there is a chance of missing seats in schools.
- The test dates also may get filled by second-time candidates, hence it is recommended to reserve a spot early.
- There are lower chances of receiving a substantial amount for scholarships, due to the number of applicants applying earlier.
Eligibility for Registering for LSAT
There is no special criterion for taking the LSAT. Anyone who wishes to pursue a law degree can take the test for admission into law schools.
How to Register for LSAT?
There are various ways through which one can apply for the LSAT:
- Online Registration: The candidate can apply online by visiting the LSAC website and creating an account that would help them keep track of the test dates and scores. This is the preferred and the most popular method.
- Phone Registration: To register by phone, the candidate can call LSAC at (215) 968-1001 Monday to Friday during regular business hours.
- Mail Registration: The candidate can obtain a copy of the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book from Law School Admission Council, Inc., call Law Services at (215) 968-1001 so that they can mail the candidate a copy, or download and print a form. The LSAT registration form can be filled out and mailed with the required payment in a pre-addressed return envelope.
Along with the registration for the LSAT, the candidate should also register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). It is a service provided by the LSAC which organizes transcripts, law school reports, letters of recommendation, and any other information that the students might want to send to the law schools along with their LSAT score report. Many law schools require candidates to apply only through CAS.
LSAT Registration Process
Here is the step-by-step process to register for the LSAT:
1. Create an LSAC account
An online LSAC account can be created free of charge by visiting the LSAC website. It requires the candidate's email and password.
2. Fill out the required information
The candidate will be required to fill out their personal information to finish setting up the account.
3. Select a test center and the date
The candidate can then select a test date depending on the availability in their test center.
Important LSAT Registration Dates
United States (Including Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada
Other Countries conducting the LSAT
|LSAT Test dates||Registration Deadline||Score Release Date||Cancel/Reschedule|
|Jan 13, 2023|
Jan 14, 2023
|Dec 1, 2022||Feb 1, 2023||Dec 11, 2022|
|Feb 10, 2023|
Feb 11, 2023
|Dec 27, 2022||Mar 1, 2023||Jan 6, 2023|
|Apr 14, 2023|
Apr 15, 2023
|Mar 2, 2023||May 3, 2023||Mar 12, 2023|
|Jun 9, 2023|
Jun 10, 2023
|Apr 25, 2023||Jun 28, 2023||May 5, 2023|
|LSAT Test Date||Registration Deadline||Score Release Date||Cancel/Reschedule|
|Jan 18, 2023||Dec 1, 2022||Feb 1, 2023||Dec 11, 2022|
|Apr 18, 2023||Mar 2, 2023||May 3, 2023||Mar 12, 2023|
|Jun 13, 2023||Apr 25, 2023||Jun 28, 2023||May 5, 2023|
4. Pay the required fee
The candidate will then have to pay the required fee to register for the test. Candidates taking the test for the first time can choose to register for the LSAT score preview which gives them the option to view their score before reporting them to the universities.
LSAT Registration Fees
|LSAT (including LSAT Writing)||$215|
|LSAT Score Preview||$45 - $75|
5. Register for CAS - Optional but Recommended
Although optional, but highly recommended, the candidate should pay and register for Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to avail of some much-needed benefits. It streamlines the process of applying to law colleges and some colleges only take applications through CAS.
Registering for Accommodations
The candidates can register for testing accommodations after they have already registered for the test. They will have to upload the necessary documents to prove their disability and reasons to register for the accommodations.
Registering for Spanish LSAT
Candidates in Puerto Rico that want to take the test in Spanish can do so by taking the Spanish LSAT which is offered by LSAC only once every year. The Spanish LSAT scores are only accepted by the three law universities in Puerto Rico, namely - the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Inter American University School of Law, and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
The candidates can request to reschedule or cancel the LSAT test date online by logging into the LSAC account and visiting the Status page. They can be refunded in full or partial amounts if they meet the refund deadline.
Cost for LSAT test date changes:
For further specific queries, the LSAC’s Candidate Services team can be contacted by emailing LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
|Rescheduling before the Registration Deadline||No charge|
|Rescheduling by Reschedule Deadline||$135|
|Rescheduling after the Reschedule Deadline||No refund|
|Cancelling before the Registration Deadline||Full refund|
|Canceling by the Cancel Deadline||$50 refund|
|Canceling after the Cancel Deadline||No refund|