2016- 2017 LSAT Test Dates & Registration
When it comes to selecting your LSAT registration dates and LSAT test dates, building in plenty of time for prep is key. The LSAT is not a test you can cram for, and takes several months of practice and preparation. Since the LSAT is offered only four times a year, choosing your LSAT test date takes careful planning.
2016 - 2017 LSAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates
|2016 - 2017 LSAT Test Date (all exams start at 8:30 A.M.)||Score Release Date|
|Saturday, September 24, 2016||Thursday, October 20, 2016|
|Saturday, December 3, 2016||Wednesday, January 4, 2017|
|Saturday, February 4, 2017||Thursday, March 2, 2017|
LSAT dates: What's the best one for you?
The June LSAT, a little more than a year before you start law school, is the ideal test for you to take. It allows you to get the LSAT out of the way so you can concentrate on your law school applications over the summer and submit them as soon as application season opens in the fall. Plus, if your LSAT score doesn’t measure up, the June LSAT date gives you two potential retake options in Fall and/or December.
Remember though, many test-takers, particularly college students, have busy spring semesters. Layering in LSAT prep on top of high-level classes, work, and other obligations may not be a great recipe for success. The Fall LSAT (September or October, depending on the year) is often a better option and in fact the most popular date. Taking the Fall LSAT allows you to prep during summer downtime, test in early Fall, and still submit applications early in the admissions cycle. This LSAT date is also great because it gives you time to retest in December, if necessary.
If you’re a little late getting started or find yourself needing more time to prepare, the December LSAT date is another option. The drawback is that your scores will come in later than those of other applicants, forcing you to submit your completed applications later than other applicants in the rolling admissions process. The advantage is that you could potentially get a higher LSAT score by giving yourself more time study time. However, it is much more important to submit a competitive application than an early application.
Nearly half the students who take the February LSAT are re-takers trying to raise their score. Given how late it is in the admissions cycle, you should not proactively plan on taking the February exam as your first test, unless you are planning on applying the following year. That said, if you are late to the game, you can indeed still earn admission with a strong LSAT score (i.e., above the median) for the school(s) to which you choose to apply.
Keep in mind that whichever LSAT test date you choose, you’ll need to register for the exam approximately six weeks prior to the test date. Be sure to check lsac.org for registration deadlines.
Test Date & Time
Late Registration Deadline
Score Release Date
|US, Canada, Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, Africa||Saturday September 24, 8:30am||August 10||August 17||September 23||October 20|
|Asia, Australia, New Zealand||Sunday September 25, TBD||August 10||August 17||September 24||October 20|
|Saturday-Sabbath Observers||Monday September 26, 8:30am||August 10||August 17||September 25||October 20|
|US, Canada, Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, Africa||Saturday December 3, 8:30am||October 18||October 25||December 2||January 4|
|Asia, Australia, New Zealand||Sunday December 4, TBD||October 18||October 25||December 3||January 4|
|Saturday-Sabbath Observers||Monday December 5, 8:30am||October 18||October 25||December 4||January 4|
|US, Canada, Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, Africa||Saturday February 4, 8:30am||December 21||December 28||February 3||March 2|
|Saturday-Sabbath Observers||Monday February 6, 8:30am||December 21||December 28||February 5||March 2|
|Asia, Australia, New Zealand||Sunday, February 19, TBD||December 21||December 28||February 18||March 9|
*The current registration fee for the LSAT is $180. The late registration fee is an additional $90.
The Credential Assembly Service
Almost all ABA-approved law schools require you to register with the Credential Assembly Service. The Credential Assembly Service prepares and provides a report to each law school to which you apply. This report includes your undergraduate academic summary, copies of all school transcripts, LSAT scores and writing sample copies, data on how your LSAT score and GPA compares to other applicants in your major from your undergraduate school, and copies of letters of recommendation.
Online registration for the Credential Assembly Service service costs $175 and extends for five years from your LSAT registration date.