Getting Around The LSAT 3-Times-In-2-Years Limit: Rule Change

LSAT Times Years Limit Rule ChangeLSAC typically limits test-takers to taking the LSAT a maximum of 3 times within a 2-year period. Up to this point, test-takers could request an exemption to this rule by appealing to a law school directly.

However, beginning on June 24th, 2011, LSAC is no longer allowing law schools to intervene on an applicant's behalf. Instead, applicants will have to request an exemption directly from LSAC itself.

Here are some more details directly from LSAC:
Greetings. I write to make you aware of a change in policy regarding the LSAT. The LSAC Board of Trustees has approved a change in the policy related to applicants who wish to take the LSAT more than three times in two years. In the past, law schools could allow applicants to take the test an additional time by notifying LSAC of the extenuating circumstances of the candidate. Under the new policy, all exceptions to the policy will be determined by LSAC. Schools will not approve requests for additional testing after June 24, 2011 when the new policy goes into effect.

Following is the language for applicants on the LSAC website regarding this policy:

You may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score or if your score is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy.

For significant extenuating circumstances, exception to this policy may be made by LSAC. To request an exception, submit a signed, detailed explanation addressing the circumstances that you feel make you eligible to retake the LSAT and specify the date that you wish to test. E-mail your request as an attachment to or send it by fax to 215.968.1277.

You will be notified by e-mail of approval or denial of your request. Be sure to submit your request well in advance of the regular registration deadline so that you can receive timely notification of our decision. Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will respond within seven working days of its receipt. LSAC’s decisions are final.

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  1. This is total BS, the just undid the goodness of allowing people to cancel their registration up to test date. but question:

    Would an absence before this policy takes effect be counted against the 3x in 2y rule?

  2. Absences don't ever count toward the 3-times-in-2-years rule.

  3. The new rule: LSAC's latest butt-fuckery.

  4. Question: If you're reapplying and you think you have a good chance at significantly improving your score on the forth time, can you open a new account online to get around the rule?

  5. Can you please clarify this? So if you dont show up to this test it doesnt count right? and if you cancel your registration a week before the test it doesnt count either right?