If you decide you want to cancel your LSAT registration, the good news is that you can. Officially, this is called “withdrawing” you registration. However, there’s a catch, since there’s always a catch.
In this case, there are three catches.
The Refund Deadline
If you want to withdraw your registration, and would still like to get some of the money back that spent on registering (no you don’t get it all back), please go to this webpage. It updates after each test, as the dates in the future may change. Once you get to that webpage, click on the date you registered for. Then, scroll down the page until you see the “Change, Refund, and Withdrawal Deadlines” section. There you’ll find your deadlines.
The general rule seems to be that you have up until about three weeks before the test administration until you can withdraw from the test and still get some money back. Withdraw after this deadline, and you’re out of luck when it comes to getting any of that registration money back.
It’s only a partial refund
In 2016, the cost to register for the LSAT is $180. If you’re able to withdraw prior to the deadline, then you get ——drumroll please—— $50 back. That means you’re going to lose $130.
That’s what is known as a bummer.
That $130 could buy me a bunch of MUG root beer.
But hey! At least it’s better than losing all $180.
You actually need to request the refund
Here’s the instruction page to do that. Just remember that there’s a specific form, and a specific address to send that filled-out form too. As long as you do everything exactly right, you’ll be able to get that refund back. Oh, and this will also take three weeks to get back.
The final withdrawal deadline
If you’ve got an LSAC.org account, then you can withdraw online up until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time the night before. However, if you can’t withdraw before the deadline, you can also simply not show up. All that shows up is that you were absent. No law schools will ever know, unless you tell them of course.