As my colleague Dave Killoran noted in his recent blog post on December score release dates, the December 4th LSAT saw a number of weather-related cancellations at test centers throughout the Midwest. Many of the test takers originally scheduled for those centers were re-scheduled for a week later, December 14th, however some have yet to take their makeup exam and may be forced to wait up to a month (January 4th) before they attempt the LSAT.
Because of these delays, not only could the score release date for some students be affected, but a number of law schools have responded by either extending their application deadlines, or at least allowing applicants to submit later-than-normal scores as part of an addenda.
For instance, take Harvard Law School: in a recent post, they note that their 2014 deadline has now been extended to March 1st, and also outline the amended application process. While other schools haven't all followed suit, there certainly seems to be a greater degree of consideration now given to applicants forced to submit their information later than anticipated.
Further, these extended (or at least somewhat more relaxed) deadlines could have some repercussions for February 2014 test takers! As we have examined previously in a number of blog posts (here, here, and here, to name a few), the February LSAT is unique, both because it is an unreleased exam, and because of its timing in the rolling admissions cycle. Put simply, people taking a February LSAT are often either excluded altogether from applying for admission in that calendar year (they're past the deadline), or face severe penalties due to the dwindling number of open seats remaining.
So how could this upcoming February LSAT be different? If you read the Harvard Law School post mentioned above, it should be clear that with an extended deadline, or even a more open-minded admissions committee late in the game, some applicants may find they can use this upcoming LSAT to apply to schools that would have previously been inaccessible. That doesn't mean your chances of admission go up, but it does mean you may have a few more options with this particular February's scores.
As always, your best bet is to contact the school in question directly, and inquire about their admissions policies. In my experience, most schools are very forthcoming with that type of information, as it is in their best interests that potential applicants are clear on administrative policies and procedures; simply give them a call and ask how they plan to treat February 2014 scores given the recent delays and cancellations.
Finally, because the February LSAT is about six weeks away and likely to see a testing group still quite eager to get applications in, I want to leave you with a Six-Week Study Plan to guide you right up to the test. That post was specific to the February 2013 exam, but the suggestions and advice contained therein are just as pertinent now as they were a year ago.
Best of luck and if you have any questions about the recent cancellations or the upcoming LSAT leave us a message in the comments and we'll help you out!