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Taking the January LSAT? What You Need to Know.

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Ah, standardized tests! Our school system’s best way to level the playing field for everyone. Unless, of course, you suffer from testophobia. In that case, you’re just plain out of luck. The LSAT is no different, of course.

As if preparing for and taking the LSAT isn’t hard enough, registering for the LSAT can also be a bit of a doozy. To top it off, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has decided to make one test right in the middle of the holiday season.

I can’t imagine the joy of spending my spare time leading up to the winter holidays preparing for a law school admissions exam. As if spending time with family wasn’t stressful enough, your only escape will be to your LSAT prep books.

Why, I ask, would somebody put themselves into that situation?

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I’ll tell you why.

January is the last reasonable time to get your score back. The January or February exam, depending on the year, is technically your last chance to still meet some schools’ application deadlines, but unfortunately at this point you won’t get the chance to see your score before sending your applications. Choosing an LSAT date that works for you is an important part of the process, so read up!

But I digress. Here are the dates you should know if you plan on taking the January LSAT.

January 2020 LSAT Exam Date

The exam date is Monday, January 13, 2020. That’s 19 days after Christmas. Remember to dress in layers – you don’t want to be cold before the test or hot during it.

Registration Deadlines

As always, the deadlines are about a month and a half before the exam.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019Nonpublished test center registration deadline. (There is no late registration an unpublished location.)
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Published test center registration deadline.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Photo upload deadline.

Remember, these dates are firm, and the LSAC must receive your registration no later than the dates listed above. If you mail your registration in on those dates, it could be too late. Either you’ll have to pay the late registration fee of $100, or you won’t even be able to register.

Other Deadlines

There are also deadlines to change your test date, your test center, and withdraw from the exam.

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019Refund (only a partial refund), Test center and test date change deadline (You’ll have to pay another $100 to get this done.).
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 – This is the last date you can withdraw from the exam. You will forfeit all your money, but hey, at least you won’t have to take the LSAT.

Score Release Dates

The starting in the fall of 2019, LSAC has limited their score release to email-only (in the past you could also elect to receive your scores by mail).

Here is the email release date:

3 Responses to Taking the January LSAT? What You Need to Know.

  1. LSATblues December 9, 2016 at 12:52 AM #

    Hi Randall,

    I stumbled across this while waiting for my December 2016 score. DU is actually my target school! I have a 3.63 LSAC gpa and was just hoping for a 155 to be near their median, but after having to completely guess on the last two games, did not get to the last RC passage, and guessed on plenty of LR, there is virtually no way I reached my score.

    Retaking in feb and hoping I can squeeze out a good enough score to sneak in.

    • Randall
      Randall December 28, 2016 at 9:18 PM #

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. That’s a total bummer about not getting to the last RC passage. That’s quite a few points you left on the table there. Good luck on the February exam. Be sure to use the resources here as much as possible. They are super helpful.

      Let me know if you need any pointers, and I hope you have a great New Years. Don’t let the LSAT stress you out too much. Just keep plugging away at the stuff that will increase your score the most.

      – Randall

  2. FloLambrt September 26, 2017 at 2:54 PM #

    Just looked up LSAT test dates in LSAC, looks like there won’t be a test in January, so that option is not available.


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