December 2017 LSAT takers have one burning question in mind: When exactly will my score be released?
Per LSAC, December 2017 LSAT scores are slated to be released on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018. However, past LSAC score-release trends indicate that scores are almost always released earlier than the official date (except when weather conditions have interfered with the original test dates, as was the case with the February 2013 LSAT). So, even though you still have to wait to get your score, you probably won't have to wait until the score-release date designated by the test makers.
So when will you have it?
We predict that December 2017 LSAT scores will come out one day early, on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018*.
Last year's December results were released one day early (on Tuesday, January 3rd instead of the official date of 1/4), as were the two years prior. 2016 scores were also released 31 days after test day. 31 days after this December's test? January 2nd, 2018. A Tuesday, like last year, and the same date as scores released in both 2012 and 2013. Note too that the past two score releases of this year both came out a single day early...so all signs point to the 2nd as the most likely day for release.
In an interesting development, LSAC originally had the official release set for January 4th, 2018, but has since moved it up a day to the 3rd. They gave no reason why, of course, but it lends some additional credibility to the speculation that we could see a release on the official day itself to start the new year. I still feel a day early, on the 2nd, is more likely than a release on the official date of the 3rd, but it's worth noting that the newly-amended official date is itself a day earlier than initially planned, making it a better candidate than in years past.
Again, this is merely a prediction, but a 1-4 day early release is common for December LSAT scores the past several years, and while historically scores have come out as premature as 12-13 days, it has been over a decade since a release that early occurred**.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Even though trends indicate that scores have traditionally been released before “score release” date stated by LSAC, there’s no guarantee they’ll do it again. All signs point to yes, but don’t bank on the fact that you’ll get yours earlier.
- Scores are released in batches over hours and sometimes days. So, your friend might get their score hours before you do. Don’t panic; you’ll still get it. You might just be in a later batch.
- Scores are not released in any sort of order (geographically, by test score, alphabetically by last or first name, etc.). So release "patterns" do not exist in any meaningful sense!
- If you have an LSAC.org online account, you will get your score via email/online by the score release date. If you registered via snail-mail and/or do not have an LSAC.org account, you will get your scores mailed to you, which can take an additional 5-7 business days.
- LSAC cannot tell you your score over the phone, no matter how much you beg. Calling and asking for it won’t yield results, so don't bother.
Good luck to all and feel free to post any questions/comments below!
*Note that a release on Monday, January 1st is also possible—LSAC released on New Year's Day in 2015—but the odds aren't great. Between releases on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, I'd put chances at 5%/60%/35%, respectively. However for the sake of all anxiously waiting I hope my prediction is belated and scores are released earlier, perhaps even before the new year!
**Past December tests' week-plus early releases were likely done to get scores in the hands of students in time for them to register for February before the late registration deadlines. The February 2018 LSAT registration deadline is January 4th, however, so you will definitely have your December score in time to get signed up for the next exam if needed.