LSAT Registration Now Open for September, November, and January Test Dates

Posted by Jon Denning on

On Tuesday, 5/8, LSAC updated their site to reflect open registration for the following domestic LSAT dates, along with deadlines and fees:

  • September 8th, 2018 LSAT: Deadline is midnight EST on 7/23; new fee is $190. 
  • November 17th, 2018 LSAT: Deadline is midnight EST on 10/8; new fee is $190. 
  • January 26th, 2019 LSAT: Deadline is midnight EST on 12/17; new fee is $190. 

In addition, registration deadlines have been announced for the next two 2019 tests, although registration has not yet begun for them:

  • March 30th, 2019 LSAT: Deadline is midnight EST on 2/25; no word on cost or when registration will begin. 
  • June 3rd, 2019 LSATDeadline is midnight EST on 4/29; no word on cost or when registration will begin. 

 

A few important notes about these upcoming tests:

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

Finals and the LSAT: When is the Ideal Time To Take the Test?

Posted by Eric Ockert on

With just under five weeks to go until the June 2018 LSAT, many of you find yourselves either in the midst of Finals Week or having just finished your finals. With the extra stress and time constraints that accompany such a time, you have probably seen your best laid plans for consistent LSAT preparation wane at the very least over the past couple of weeks or have even seen it become nonexistent.

This is not an uncommon problem. Most (but certainly not all) LSAT takers are undergraduate students at the time they sit for their LSAT. And, most of these students are on a semester system in terms of scheduling. This places the June LSAT, which currently falls on the second Monday in June (June 11), about a month after most students complete finals. While this is certainly convenient for taking the LSAT, it can become a nightmare for preparation, especially for those who have attempted to get out to a good start two to three months in advance.

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep, prelaw

The Surge Continues: Surprising Trends For This Year's Law School Applicants

Posted by Eric Ockert on

Recently, there has been much discussion on this blog concerning the state of flux we find ourselves in with respect to the number of LSAT administrations and law school applications. After five years of declining numbers (2010-2015) followed by two years of anemic growth (2015-2017), LSAT administrations are up significantly throughout the 2017-2018 cycle. Following another big test in February, total administered LSAT’s were up 18.1% over last year. That’s the largest year over year jump since 2001-2002.

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep, prelaw

Law Schools with Late Admissions Deadlines

Posted by Dave Killoran on

We recently posted a list of law schools in the Top 50 that accept the June LSAT. A number of students wanted to also see the full list of all schools with late admissions deadlines ("late" in this case means a hard deadline of March 31st or later). Because we called every single law school on this list to confirm our data, this took a while to produce! But, we can now present you with a complete and accurate list of law schools with late 2018 admissions deadlines.

This post was updated 4/6/18. 

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Yale Law School To Accept GRE Scores

Posted by Dave Killoran on

A full year after rival Harvard's decision to accept GRE scores in lieu of the LSAT, Yale Law School (https://law.yale.edu/) announced on Friday that it too would begin implementing the use of GRE scores in the law school admission process effective immediately. "Enough is enough. We’ve waited over 12 months for those guys to come to their senses, but it’s obvious that Harvard sees the GRE as its way of finally beating us in the all-important law school rankings," said Yale spokesperson N. Feriority. "We've been #1 so long that it would be a crippling blow to our self-esteem if we somehow dropped behind Harvard or Stanford. So guess what? It’s GRE time for us, too."

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep, GRE

Who Should Retake the LSAT?

Posted by Dave Killoran on

One of the most common questions we receive is about whether one should retake the LSAT. Students want to know if they should retake the test, and if so, how they should study for that retake. Here, we discuss who should retake the LSAT and why (and next time we'll discuss how to go about properly preparing for a retake).

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

Which Top 50 Law Schools Accept the June LSAT?

Posted by Dave Killoran on

In the last few years, there has been a seismic shift in application deadline dates, which greatly benefits current applicants. A decade ago, only a few schools accepted the results of the February LSAT for fall admission later that year, and many application deadlines were in January (if not December). Fast forward to today, and the situation is much changed! Almost every school now accepts the results of the February LSAT, and, as the table below shows, a significant number of schools in the Top 50 now accept the results of the June LSAT (and many more outside the Top 50 accept June results). In other words, if you are reading this today and have yet to take the LSAT or apply to law school, you could still apply now to a number of schools and attend this fall. Previously, that was unthinkable.

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Topics: Law School Admissions

The Trump Bump?  LSAT Numbers Were Way Up in 2017!

Posted by Jon Denning on

I recently published a blog article highlighting the enormous spike in LSAT test taker volume over the past year, where: 

  • June 2017 was up 19.8% over June 2016 (to 27,606 tester takers)
  • September 2017 was up 10.7% over September 2016 (to 37,146 tester takers)
  • December 2017 was up a whopping 27.9% over December 2016 (to 40,096 tester takers)
  • And February 2018 was up 10.8% over February 2017 (to 32,026 test takers; this is still a tentative figure and will be finalized by LSAC soon)

December 2017 was particularly notable, as it represented not only the largest year-over-year test taker percentage increase in recorded history (since 1987 ), but also the first time since 1989 that a December test has been better attended than the preceding September/October administration!

Naturally, people are wondering what's driving this renewed interest in law school, and what it means for future applicants, with many observers speculating that the volatile first year of Donald Trump's presidency—where every day seems guaranteed to include a high-stakes legal discussion or debate—has been a key motivator for young people to pursue law degrees.

In fact, so pressing are those questions, and so intriguing the so-called "Trump Bump" hypothesis, that US News and World Report even ran an article on the applicant surge, and reached out to both me and PowerScore's CEO, Dave Killoran, to get our thoughts. As often happens with these types of articles only a fraction of our commentary made the final cut, but I'm of the opinion that readers will find value in the entirety of that exchange. 

So what I'd like to do is share with you the full transcript.

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Topics: Law School Admissions

December 2017 LSAT Test Taker Numbers Show Greatest Increase in History

Posted by Jon Denning on

The trend of increasing test taker volume for the LSAT continued in a big way in 2017, with each LSAT of the last calendar year showing a healthy bump from the year prior:

  •  February 2017 up 5.4% over 2016 (to 21,400 tester takers)
  •  June 2017 up 19.8% over 2016 (to 27,606 tester takers)
  •  September 2017 up 10.7% over 2016 (to 37,146 tester takers)
  •  December 2017 up a whopping 27.9% over 2016 (to 40,096 tester takers)
  •  February 2018 up 10.8% over 2017 (to 32,026 test takers; this is a tentative figure and will be finalized post-test)


December is in bold up there as that 27.9% growth year-over-year is the largest test taker percentage increase in recorded history (back to 1987)!

It also represents the first time since 1989 that a December test has been better attended than the preceding September/October administration, so the popularity of that particular LSAT has proven both dramatic and historic!

What this tells me is two things:

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Topics: Law School Admissions