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How Much Does the LSAT Cost?

Registering for the LSAT is the first financial commitment in what is often a pricey journey toward earning a law degree. In most cases, determining your LSAT cost is fairly simple: the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) charges a “basic fee” of $180. But there are other LSAT fees that might add up. Here’s a breakdown in chart-form; then see below for the details:

Note: LSAC recently upped its fees starting in 2016; these are the latest numbers.

LSAT Costs and Fees

LSAT Fees and Related LSAC CostsAmount
LSAT Registration Fee$180
Credential Assembly Service Fee$185
Law School Reports$35 for each school
Late Registration Fee$100
Test Center Change$100
Test Date Change$100
Domestic Nonpublished Test Center$285
International Nonpublished Test Center$380
Handscoring$100

Additional LSAT Registration Fees

But keep in mind that additional fees may apply to your specific situation. If you register late, for example, you’ll add $90 to your LSAT cost. If you register and need to change your test center or test date, you’ll get hit with an additional $90 fee.

If you live more than 100 miles from a published test center and are unable to travel to one, you can ask the LSAC to set up what they call a nonpublished test center. It’ll cost you, though. You’ll have to submit an extra $275 for a domestic request (or $370 for an international request).
 
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LSAT Cost After You’ve Taken the Test

Even once you’ve taken the test, you might not be done shelling out money. For an additional $100, you can request that LSAC handscore your test. This could be worthwhile if you think your score was affected by eraser marks or lead smears or some other problem that could affect machine scoring.

The Credential Assembly Service

Of course, unless you’re taking the LSAT just for fun, you’ll likely need to pay for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applying to most law schools — including all law schools approved by the American Bar Association — requires a CAS account. The fee to establish a CAS account is $175, and there is an additional $30 fee for each report requested by a law school through the service. These reports are how LSAC communicates your LSAT score, academics, and professional background to the law schools.

Click here for the full breakdown in current fees from LSAC.

A Budget for Typical LSAT Costs

So, let’s take a look at a typical budget for a student who plans to apply to three law schools and who registers before the first deadline to take the LSAT at a published test center:

LSAT Registration Fee: $180

Credential Assembly Service Fee: $175

Law School Reports: $30 x 3 = $90

Total LSAT Cost: $445

Note: this total does not include any application fees charged by the law schools or any of the special fees described above.

As you can see, registering for the LSAT involves a substantial investment. In order to keep your LSAT costs low, Magoosh offers affordable LSAT test prep. And don’t forget the free LSAT prep resources you have available to you too!

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