LSAC Expands LSAT Schedule: Adds November + March LSATs

On June 1, 2017, LSAC announced that from June 2018 - June 2019, it will administer the LSAT six times!

They've evened-out the schedule so there's an LSAT test date approximately every 2-3 months.

2018–2019 LSAT DATES
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:30 PM 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:30 AM
Monday, November 19, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30 AM
Monday, January 28, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:30 AM
Monday, April 1, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:30 PM


(LSAC has not yet revealed which tests will be disclosed.)


Previously, students only had four opportunities to take the LSAT - early February, early-mid June, late September/early October, and early December.

This left students sometimes waiting more than 4 months for an opportunity to take the LSAT. Compare this with the GRE, where students can take it on virtually any weekday, year-round.

For the 2018-2019 testing cycle, students have six opportunities to take the LSAT, and never have to wait even three months to take it. Good news if things don't go well on Test Day and you have to retake.

And, this comes right after LSAC removed any limit on how many times students can take the LSAT in a 2-year period (used to be a maximum of 3 times).

This is great news for students, and it'll allow the LSAT to better compete with the potential spread of the GRE to law schools besides Harvard.

Kudos to LSAC for making this change.


Now, some people were confused (me too, at first!)

Those paying close attention might notice it seems like it's not really an increase from 4 administrations per year to 6 per year.

Why?

Because June was listed twice for 2018-2019!

* June
* September
* November
* January
* March
* June


However, LSAC has confirmed that it just looks weird because 2018 - 2019 is a "transitional year."

The "2019-2020 Testing Year" will start in July with the July 2019 LSAT.

Presumably, it will contain these test administrations:

* July
* September
* November
* January
* March
* June




Here's the full press release straight from LSAC:

NEWTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, June 1—Prospective law students will have more opportunities to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) starting in mid-2018. The Law School Admission Council announced today an expanded testing schedule that will increase testing dates from four to six annually. 
The additional LSAT dates were announced at LSAC’s Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, which is taking place this week in Palm Desert, California. Attendees include representatives from LSAC’s member law schools, who participate in professional development, networking, and opportunities to discuss and provide feedback on LSAC’s legal education services, including the LSAT. 
“The additional test dates are an important part of LSAC’s continuing efforts to reduce barriers to entry into legal education,” Dean Susan L. Krinsky, chair of LSAC’s Board of Trustees said. “The LSAT has always been the most valid, reliable, and widely used test in law school admissions. It is the best test for predicting success in law school, and therefore LSAC constantly explores ways to improve its delivery. We will continue to look for innovative ways to enhance access and diversity in legal education, while ensuring the quality of both the LSAT and all the services we offer.” 
The more flexible testing schedule will benefit both prospective law students, who will have more options if they have a conflict with a particular test date, and law schools, whose application cycles have shifted in recent years. 
The expansion of LSAT test dates is the latest of several test-related initiatives LSAC has announced over the last several months. Earlier in May, it announced that there will no longer be limitations on the number of times a test taker can sit for the LSAT in a two-year period. LSAC also conducted a successful pilot of a Digital LSAT in May as part of its research into student-friendly alternative testing models. And in February, LSAC entered into an innovative partnership with Khan Academy to develop interactive online materials for the LSAT, and make personalized practice free for all. 
LSAC also recently made a significant investment in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), to assist in that organization’s efforts to advance the diversity of the legal profession.


And here's the full LSAT schedule they just published (PDF):

(2018 - 2019 contains the important changes.)

2017–2018 LSAT DATES 
Monday, June 12, 2017 12:30 PM 
Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:30 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:30 AM
Monday, December 4, 2017 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:30 AM
Monday, February 12, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM

2018–2019 LSAT DATES
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:30 PM 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:30 AM
Monday, November 19, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30 AM
Monday, January 28, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:30 AM
Monday, April 1, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers) 8:30 AM 
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:30 PM




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