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December 2017 LSAT Dates and Tips

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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 Thanksgiving and on through to Christmas 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?

I’ll tell you why.

December is the last reasonable time to get your score back. You will still have time to see your score, decide whether it’s strong enough, and submit your applications. Taking the exam in September gives you plenty of time and a head start on rolling admissions, but it also leaves you with a lot of time to wait. The January or February exam, depending on the year, is technically your last chance to still meet some schools’ application deadlines, but 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!

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But I digress. Here are the dates you should know if you plan on taking the December 2017 LSAT.

December 2017 LSAT Exam Date

The exam date is Saturday, December 2, 2017. That’s 9 days after Thanksgiving and 23 days before 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.

  • October 11, 2017Nonpublished test center registration deadline. (There is no late registration an unpublished location.)
  • October 18, 2017 – Published test center registration deadline.
  • October 25, 2017 – Late registration 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.

  • November 7, 2017Refund (only a partial refund), Test center and test date change deadline (You’ll have to pay another $100 to get this done.).
  • December 1, 2017 – 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 LSAC gives you two possible dates to get your score back. You either get them back via email, or by mail. I’m not exactly sure why they wait a week after emailing the scores out to actually send them. I mean, it takes a little bit of time for the mail to arrive, but it seems like sending all the scores out at the same time would be a whole lot easier.

Anyway, here are the release dates:

  • January 4, 2017 – email release date. This is for those of you who register for an online LSAC account.
  • January 11, 2017 – mail date. This is for everyone else.

There are plenty of reasons to take, or not take, the LSAT in December. While I think I made my thoughts on the subject pretty clear already, here’s one last thing to think about. Call it a gift to everyone that made it to the bottom of this article.

The last thing you need to know about the December 2017 LSAT has to do with the score release dates. The registration deadlines for the February LSAT are about a week and a half after the December LSAT is held. That means you won’t know your score before you decide whether to register for the January or February LSAT.

You might be wondering why this would matter? Well, what if you want to go to law school the next year, and you bomb the December LSAT? But, since you don’t find out your score until January, you missed the deadline to take the January or February LSAT, meaning you’ll have to wait until June to take it. That means you’re going to completely miss your opportunity to apply to law schools with a decent LSAT score.

To solve this problem, many students just register for both. Luckily, the LSAC has made this easy to do. If you decide to withdraw because you rocked it, they will refund you everything after you get your score in January. This includes those of you who decided to register late.


Now that that’s out of the way, you’ve got a tough decision to make. Are you going to take the December 2017 LSAT? Whatever test date you choose, if you still need to study for your upcoming LSAT, try Magoosh test prep!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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3 Responses to December 2017 LSAT Dates and Tips

  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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