When applying for law school, you have to decide which LSAT you’re going to take. Some of you may be asking–is the March LSAT too late? We survey top law schools yearly to find out admissions deadlines and the latest LSAT they will accept. Each year we see changes, but we were a little surprised by this year’s results.
It seems that the trend is moving up to a January LSAT deadline for many of the top schools. You’ll see in the chart below that the March LSAT is definitely a viable option for test takers. In fact, a quarter of the schools still allow for a June or July test result. However, they admit that your application will not be reviewed until scores are in. Because of this, spots are limited or may not even exist at that time.
Categories We Use
- Rank: The rank for each school was drawn from the US News & World Report Best Law Schools 2019 rankings. We listed schools in numerical order by rank.
- School Name: This one is obvious—this column identifies the name of the school! For this post, we decided to stick with the top 100.
- Application Deadline: The deadline is the date after which the school will not consider or review newly received applications. Having said that, several schools mentioned that the number of unfilled spaces affected how they viewed their “deadline” date. If they still had spaces available in their classes, they might accept applications after the deadline. The law schools we surveyed said chances of admissions are lowered once the deadline passes. Though unlikely, this certainly makes the deadline less concrete.
- Latest Acceptable Test Date: For some schools, this is a “strongly recommended”. Schools that accept the June or July LSAT have been highlighted. To clarify, these schools will accept this test as the first and only LSAT you’ve taken.
- Notes: To compile this list, we visited the schools’ website and talked with the admissions office if the website didn’t spell out the deadlines. In some cases, the admissions folks had additional thoughts or considerations about the deadline or use of the June or July LSAT, and we added those thoughts in this column.
Let’s take a look at the list! If you have any questions or comments, please post below. If you plan to apply to any of these schools, it’s always a good idea to contact them directly to ask about their deadlines.