Before you apply to law school, you’ll need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This standardized test is only offered four times per year, and you must travel to a testing center in order to take it. In order to take the test, you must first register for a test date. Here’s how:
The LSAT is offered in October, December, February and June every year. Most law schools suggest taking the test in June or October to apply during the following spring; it takes awhile to receive your LSAT score. Students taking the test in June have the opportunity to retake it in October and still meet spring application deadlines.
You must register for the LSAT; there are no walk-ins allowed. The registration deadline occurs about one month prior to the test. Late registrations are allowed up to two weeks prior to the test, but if the test is full your registration won’t be accepted.
The Law School Admission Council oversees the LSAT. Their website lists testing locations, dates and times.
Before you can register to take the LSAT, you’ll need to create an online account with the Law School Admission Council. You’ll provide basic information and create a username and password to access your account. Once you have an account set up with LSAC, you’ll be able to register for the LSAT, register for law school forums, use LSAC’s credential assembly service, get your LSAT score via e-mail, and apply online to law schools.
You may register for the LSAT by one of three methods:
Once you’ve registered for a test, you cannot withdraw your registration and then reregister for the same test date later.
Every state offers multiple testing locations. The test is administered at a university or college. When you register, you’ll choose a testing location. Not all locations are available for all dates and some locations fill up faster than other. You’ll want to register as early as possible in order to obtain a seat at your preferred location.
Once you register, you’ll receive an admission ticket. If you register online, you may print your admission ticket at home; otherwise you’ll receive it in the mail. You must present an admission ticket when arriving at your testing location.
You can’t take the LSAT more than 3 times in a 2 year time period. The Law School Admission Council notes that they may make exceptions under, “significant extenuating circumstances.”