Information about all upcoming 2018-2019 LSATs
The LSAT was previously administered only four times a year, but since early 2018 LSAC has begun adding more opportunities for students to take the test. Since all of these changes are fairly new and further adjustments are likely, we will continue updating this page as we learn more.
Below you will find information from PowerScore VP Jon Denning on upcoming test dates, registration deadlines and fees, and how these changes affect the law school admissions cycle.
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 — 8:30am
Monday, June 3rd, 2019 — 12:30pm
Monday, July 15th, 2019 — 12:30pm
Registration deadline for March 30th, 2019 test — February 22nd, 2019 (Registration link)
Registration deadline for June 3rd, 2019 test — April 24th, 2019 (Registration link)
Registration deadline for July 15th, 2019 test — June 4th, 2019 (Registration link)
Score Release Dates
Score release date for January 26th, 2019 test — February 15th, 2019
Score release date for March 30th, 2019 test — TBD
Score release date for June 3rd, 2019 test — June 21st, 2019
A few important notes about these upcoming tests:
If you know you want to take one or more of those exams, register as soon as possible to ensure a spot at your desired test center! The September test in particular is liable to see certain centers fill up, as it tends to be the most well-attended test of the year.
LSAC has raised the price of the test by $10 (from $180 to $190), and the cost of CAS has risen $10 as well, from $185 to $195. No idea why, aside from the obvious money grab; with test taker numbers showing another year of steady growth and unlimited repeats now allowed, if anything LSAC should be able to keep the fees the same, if not lower them. So that's disappointing, and doubly so when you consider that LSAC is currently sitting on over $200M in assets (yes, that's TWO HUNDRED MILLION extra dollars in the bank; I've seen their 2016 revenue filings—they're jaw-dropping—and 2017's should be even more robust).
In fact, nearly all LSAC fees were raised, with test center and test date changes now costing $125 (up from $100), nonpublished domestic and international test center requests now priced $10 higher at $295 and $390 (respectively), and individual law school reports a staggering $45 apiece rather than the previous $35. That last is less offensive as a single number, but when you consider that it's a nearly 30% hike, and that most applicants apply to at least a half-dozen schools, it stings.
To really drive home those last two bullets, it will now cost $120 more for a new applicant to take the LSAT and apply to ten law schools. That final bill? A smooth $835, just to apply! Here's hoping for generous fee waivers.
Many of the future test dates are labeled as "not disclosed" (Learn about the difference between disclosed and not disclosed here). This includes not only July 2018 and January 2019, but also the two other 2019 exams currently listed: March and June. That's subject to change, of course, but it appears we may not have another disclosed LSAT after this November until...well, who knows, but the second half of 2019 at the earliest, it seems.
That all said, I still expect we'll see a 3/3 split in 2019, with three disclosed tests (as now) and three nondisclosed. What's odd is that it currently appears the first three are nondisclosed, meaning an 8-plus-month stretch (at best) from November 2018 to July 2019 with no new LSAT content, despite three exams administered in the interim. If LSAC's going to keep three of the six to themselves, why not stagger them? But, then, that would make sense...so perhaps I've answered my own question.
Lastly, pay particular attention to the registration deadline for September 2018. LSAC has set the September cut off at midnight EST on Monday, 7/23, which just so happens to be the date of the July LSAT! So for those July test takers understandably reluctant to register for September before knowing how July goes—to register for the test and back out is a minimum $140 penalty, after all—your best case scenario is that you'll have but a few hours post-test to commit to September before the window closes. But believe it or not, it gets worse: LSAC strongly recommends (all but insists) that anyone registering on a deadline day should do so during LSAC's business hours, which end at 4:45 pm EST in July...so everyone in the country will still be taking the test when LSAC closes for the day. That's a level of inattention, if not outright trolling, that threatens to spin my head clean off and into orbit. (You should technically still be able to register online until 11:59 pm EST, but you'll have no one to help you if you encounter an issue, and LSAC holds firm to deadlines without exception, so be aware)
So that's the latest news on the upcoming test dates, with more details to come as LSAC provides further updates! In the meantime, we'd love to hear your thoughts: reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give our offices a call at 800-545-1750!