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Best LSAT Test Dates | 2017, 2018, 2019

Thinking of going to law school in 2017, 2018, or 2019? It’s time to start planning out your study schedule and finalizing your LSAT dates!

Upcoming LSAT Dates

The LSAT has been offered four times a year, in February, June, September or October, and December. However, beginning in 2018, the LSAT will be offered five times a year!

The exam is typically administered worldwide on the first Saturday of the month (or the last Saturday in September), but there are a few exceptions:

  • The June administration is usually on the first Monday of the month.
  • A weekday option exclusively for Sabbath observers is paired with each Saturday administration. It usually takes place on the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after the regular Saturday date.
  • Administrations in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand are typically on the last Sunday of February and June, and there are accordingly no separate administrations for Sabbath observers in those regions.
  • There is a Spanish LSAT offered once per year at two test centers in Puerto Rico. This exam is only intended for students applying to law schools in Puerto Rico.

U.S. LSAT Test Dates and Times

LSAT DateLSAT Time
Saturday, February 4, 20178:30 AM
Monday, February 6, 2017 (for Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Monday, June 12, 201712:30 PM
Saturday, September 16, 20178:30 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017 (for Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Saturday, December 2, 20178:30 AM
Monday, December 4, 2017 (for Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Saturday, February 10, 20188:30 AM
Monday, February 12, 2018 (for Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Monday, June 11, 201812:30 PM
Saturday, September 8, 20188:30 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Saturday, November 17, 20188:30 AM
Monday, November 19, 2018 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Saturday, January 26, 20198:30 AM
Monday, January 28, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Saturday, March 30, 20198:30 AM
Monday, April 1, 2019 (Saturday Sabbath Observers)8:30 AM
Monday, June 3, 201912:30 PM
Monday, July 29, 201912:30 PM

International LSAT Test Dates

International LSAT DateLSAT Time
Sunday, February 19, 2017 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)8:30 AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (Europe/Middle East/Africa)8:30 AM
Sunday, June 25, 2017 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)8:30 AM
Sunday, September 17, 2017 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)8:30 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017 (Europe/Middle East/Africa - Sabbath Observers Only)8:30 AM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 (Europe/Middle East/Africa) 8:30 AM
Sunday, December 3, 2017 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)8:30 AM
Monday, December 4, 2017 (Europe/Middle East/Africa - Saturday Sabbath Observers only)8:30 AM
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (Europe/Middle East/Africa)8:30 AM
Sunday, February 11, 2018 (Asia/Australia/New Zealand)8:30 AM

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What is the best LSAT test date for me?

The good news is you have many LSAT test dates to choose from—you just have to narrow down which option is best for you. You’ll want to consider when you’re planning to apply to law school, so you can ensure your LSAT scores will be available in time to apply. If you’re not sure when you want to start law school, you have a little more flexibility. LSAT scores are valid for up to five years, so you can take the test early and leave a cushion for retakes, work obligations, and other outside commitments.

Let’s walk through the pros and cons of each LSAT test date so you can decide which one is best for you!

June

June is one of the most popular test dates among students. For test-takers who are currently still in undergrad, it falls over summer break, so June represents a rare opportunity to be able to study and take the test with (fewer) class and club responsibilities in the way. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll likely have final exams and course commitments to balance until just a few weeks before the test date.

June is early enough that you can take the test and get your scores back in time to apply early in the admissions cycle that same year. You’ll have the rest of your summer to pull together letters of recommendation, personal statements, and resumes without burdening yourself with logic games. Even if you later decide your June score is too low and requires a retake, retaking the September/October test still puts you on the early end of the application cycle.

Since June is also the only test that the LSAC administers in the afternoon, it’s the perfect choice for those of you who definitely aren’t morning people. That’s right – no need to fear about oversleeping or killing your score with too much of a caffeine buzz.

September/October

One of the benefits of the September/October test date is that it gives you the entire summer to study – which is particularly advantageous for current undergraduates! However, remember that those pesky fall semester classes will have started up again by September, so if you’re still in school, you’ll have more commitments on your plate. If you’re worried about getting rusty on the LSAT skills you picked up over the summer, keep up with your study schedule as much as you can even in the midst of homework and other tests.

The downside to taking your first LSAT around this time is that you’ll really want to nail this test if you plan to apply early in the admissions cycle. Getting a golden LSAT score from this test date is ideal because it will still allow you to apply about as early as all of the students who sat for the June LSAT. If you’re not satisfied with your score in September/October, you’ll have to wait until December to retake – which takes you out of the running for an early admissions review.

November/December

The November/December LSAT will be the last chance you’ll have to take the LSAT and still be considered for the current admissions cycle by top law schools. You’ll be applying on the later end with a score from a December test, but you’ll still be on time if you make sure other parts of your application (like your resume and personal statement) are ready to go. Keep this point in mind especially if you’re flip-flopping about how ready you are for the September/October test.

Some students intentionally impose a September/October test date on themselves, even if that’s unrealistic for them to achieve a good score. Remember that every single law school will accept your December score. Be sure to give yourself enough time to do your best!

January/February

The January/February LSAT is great for eager students applying in the following application cycle–it can take a lot of stress off your mind to know that you have many opportunities to retake and many more months to study and prepare your applications, if needed.

However, the January/February LSAT would be less than ideal for students interested in matriculating that same year. A number of schools won’t consider a student with a January or February LSAT score in an applicant pool for that same year. And while it’s true that many schools will still consider such a student, you’d still be applying on the very late end of the application timeline.

March

The first March LSAT will be offered in March 2018. Like the February LSAT, the March LSAT is a great choice for students who are looking to get the LSAT out of the way early and have time to focus on other parts of the law school application. However, it’s not a good choice if you’re hoping to start law school the same year, because you’ll get the results back too late to apply to most schools. So, only consider the March LSAT if you’re hoping to get the LSAT done early in the application process and have time to retest if needed.

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Pick a test date based on your own commitments and what’s on your personal calendar. If you know you have a crazy courseload in the fall, but a light summer, plan accordingly. If you have plans for Cancun all summer and just can’t imagine bringing your LSAT books to crash that party, account for that. Everyone’s situation will look different.

The most important thing is to choose a date that you will be best prepared for. It’s stressful to be rounding the corner of your test date only to realize that you’re 10 points from where you want to be scoring. While there are pros and cons to each of the test dates on the calendar, no pro or con is outweighed by a fantastic score (even if that score means applying later in the application cycle)!
 
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How long should I study before my LSAT date?

Ideally, you’ll give yourself about three months to study for the LSAT. Why three months? If you commit that amount of time and study for about three hours a day, five days a week, you’ll have logged enough time to truly familiarize yourself with the game types, scenarios, reading passages, logical reasoning stems, and whatever else the LSAC could have in store for you.

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Remember, there is no way to “pass” or “fail” the LSAT. There is simply a way to master the test and get the score you need for the school of your dreams—or fall short and need to retake or reconsider your pool of potential schools. The LSAT stakes are high, so don’t sell yourself short on study time.

Now, on the other hand, you don’t want to go to the other extreme. Students who create year-long study plans often lose sight of the goal ahead and find it difficult to stay motivated. That said, you know your schedule best. Maybe you’ve got crazy work projects coming up or know that you’ve got killer classes up on the horizon. In those cases, you may very well need more than three months to pull together a great LSAT score.

Check out our recommended study timelines (below) as a frame of reference for each test date. These timelines budget for the possibility of retaking the test, if you’re not satisfied with your score from your target test date. And again, remember that these are guides only. Your personal study timeline should accommodate for class schedules, planned vacation trips, weddings…in other words, life!

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Study Schedules for Your LSAT Test Date

The information below will give you a general idea of how to plan your calendar to accommodate the LSAT studying you will need for your test date. You can also check out our more comprehensive advice for how to study for the LSAT.

June LSAT Test Date:

March through May – study!

June – take the LSAT

July through September – study to retake the LSAT if necessary, prepare applications and essays

October – retake the LSAT and finalize applications for submission
 

September LSAT Test Date:

June through August – study!

September – take the LSAT

October through November – study to retake the LSAT if necessary, prepare applications and essays

December – retake the LSAT and finalize applications for submission
 

November/December LSAT Test Date:

September through October/November – study!

November/December – take the LSAT

January – study to retake the LSAT if necessary, prepare applications and essays

February – retake the LSAT and finalize applications for submission
 

January/February LSAT Test Date:

*If you plan on enrolling in law school the following fall, the January/February LSAT should be a last-resort option to get your scores in time for admission to most schools.

November through January – study and simultaneously prepare applications and essays

January/February – take the LSAT and finalize applications for submission

March LSAT Test Date:

*If you plan on enrolling in law school the following fall, the March LSAT will likely be too late for most schools.

December through February – study and simultaneously prepare applications and essays

March – take the LSAT

June – retake the LSAT (if needed) and work on applications for submission

A Note on LSAT Registration Dates and Deadlines

Generally, online registration deadlines fall about 5-6 weeks before their respective LSAT test dates. There is a late registration option, but that requires a substantial additional fee and only extends an additional week or so. For more information on cost, check out the post, How Much Does the LSAT Cost?

Mail and phone registration close about four weeks prior. Nonpublished test center registration closes about eight weeks prior to test day – note that this type of registration is only applicable to students who live over 100 miles from a published LSAC testing center and are unable to travel to a published center for the test.

If you’re registering on the day of the deadline, you should try to do so during normal EST business hours. If you experience technical glitches later at night, LSAC will not be able to make accommodations for you.

Remember that spots fill up rather quickly at popular test centers, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you plan on having the most convenient commute. If you’re not sure where to take the LSAT, check out How to Choose the Best LSat Test Center for some pointers.

For those of you considering applying for special accommodations on the exam, you’ll want to start the registration process as early as possible, since you can only submit your request for accommodations after you register for the exam.

For a full list of official upcoming test dates and times, as well as registration deadlines, visit the LSAC website.

Takeaway

The right LSAT date depends on your own schedule and commitments, and when you plan to start law school. In order to do well on the LSAT, you have to set aside considerable time to study, so be sure to pick the test date that allows you sufficient time to study and retest if needed. Once you pick the date that’s right for you, all you have to do is study hard, and you’ll be sure to crush the LSAT.

This post was co-written by LSAT experts Travis and Catherine.

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