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COVID-19 and Law School Applications - UPDATED 10/16

The COVID pandemic and the response to it continue to impact various aspects of the law school admissions process. This post is updated regularly with new information and new questions (and answers), but remember that events are moving VERY fast these days, and circumstances are changing all the time. When in doubt, double-check the info to make sure it’s up to date. Don’t hesitate to contact individual law schools for the most accurate info about their own admissions process.

What about the LSAT?

NOTE: LSAC is updating this page regularly as new information emerges or as plans change.

UPDATED 10/16//20: LSAC has shifted all LSATs through April 2021 (November, January, February, and April) to the online LSAT-Flex format.

What to consider as you plan for the online test:

First, we don’t know when LSAC will be able to... read more »

After August: Should you retake?

So that August LSAT-Flex didn’t go as well as you’d hoped. It’s really going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans. Let me tell you why, and what you might want to do next.

Your first step is to make a rational decision about a possible retake —you have until Wednesday, September 23rd to register for the November 7th test and if you’re already signed up for October, you have longer to decide whether to withdraw that registration, but the limited refund period has past. (Note that if you’re signed up for October, but are thinking of making that a November test instead, you have until Friday, September 25th to request a date change at no extra cost.) So let’s step through that decision.

The retake decision... read more »

Welcome to Fall 2020!

Welcome to Fall 2020, where campus is a little bit everywhere and it’s not REALLY Fall yet, but we’re all going to do our best to make this crazy thing work.

I don’t want to pretend that any of this is normal or how any of us would want it to be. But I do want to make you this promise: even though I won’t get to see you in person until Spring 2021, I am still “here” for you: by phone or Zoom for one-on-one appointments, in a large number of Zoom meetings/webinars/workshops/hangs over the course of the semester, by email whenever you have a question, and on a bunch of social media platforms. We’ll make the most of connecting via these other methods until we can be in a face-to-face world once... read more »

“Visiting” law schools during COVID Fall

An important part of the law school application process is learning more about the various schools – both before you apply, and once you’re admitted. But this Fall, there will be no big law school forums or fairs where you can chat briefly with a bunch of different admissions officials. No law school reps will be visiting the UMass campus. And visits to law schools will be severely limited, with only a handful of schools planning to host prospective students. So how do you learn more about the schools, connect with admissions officials and other law school personnel, and make informed decisions about where to apply?

There’s some good news here: you get to meet with folks and learn more about the law schools without ever having to set foot in a large, overcrowded, noisy convention hall! Instead, law school admissions offices are getting creative, developing... read more »

The New LSAT “Score Preview” - Is It Worth the Extra Money?

On July 9, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced a new “score preview” service. Beginning with the August 29, 2020 test, first-time test takers will be allowed to see their scores before deciding whether to keep or cancel them. But there’s a catch: the score preview service costs an additional $45, if elected before test day (or before the first test day for LSAT-Flex administrations), and $75 if elected after (the first) test day. Test-takers with an approved fee-waiver from LSAC will not be charged the additional fee for the service.

So the question is, is it worth the extra $45? On the one hand, considering all the money you’re going to pay for the application process (at a minimum: $200 LSAT + $195 CAS + $45/school + each school’s application fee), you might have a tendency to think, what’s another $45? And if you’re in a position where that $45 is no big... read more »

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