Important Info for LSAT Retakers

UPDATE 10/26/15: GOOD NEWS. LSAC has reinstated the refund offer and will also refund December registrations in certain cases. Details here:

LSAC will honor requests for refunds of the additional late registration fee ($90) from candidates who chose not to register by the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT because they needed time to consider their options after receiving their scores from the October test. Candidates who took the October 2015 test and have a valid score will have until November 3, 2015 to register for the December 2015 test. Unfortunately, we are unable to waive the late fee upon registration; therefore, eligible candidates must submit a written request for a refund of the late fee within 4 days after the November 3 late registration deadline. Refunds will not be issued to those who were absent, cancelled their score, or were dismissed from the test. Requests should be emailed to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org and should include “Late Fee Refund” in the subject line.

Additionally, candidates who registered by the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT after their October score was released, but subsequently decided they do not want to take the December test, will be eligible for a full test registration fee refund if they cancel their registration by November 3, 2015. Eligible candidates must submit a written request for a refund of the registration fee within 4 days after the November 3 late registration deadline. Refunds will not be issued to those who were absent, cancelled their score, or were dismissed from the October test. Requests should be emailed to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org and should include “Late Fee Refund” in the subject line.

UPDATE 10/23/15: Today LSAC rescinded its offer of late registration fee refunds because they released October LSAT scores last night.

This post applies to you if you fall into one of these categories:

You took the October 2015 LSAT and are waiting for your score to decide whether to register for the December 2015 test

or

You take the December 2015 LSAT and decide to wait for your score before (possibly) registering for the February 2016 test

You may be entitled to a refund of the resulting late fee. LSAC recently moved up the registration deadlines for both the December and February tests.  The new deadlines (October 23rd for December, and December 21st for the February test) are before the October and December score releases, respectively. As a result, if you wait until you receive your score to decide on a retake, you’d be subject to a late fee of $90. In recognition of this dilemma, LSAC has adopted the following policy:

Individuals who miss the regular registration deadline for an upcoming test (December and February) because they choose to wait for their score from the immediately preceding test date may register during the late period for the appropriate test and submit a written request for a refund of the late fee within 4 days after the late registration deadline. Late-fee refunds will be issued only to those who received a valid score from the preceding test administration. Refunds will not be issued to those who were absent, cancelled their score, or were dismissed from the test. Requests should be emailed to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org and should include “Late Fee Refund” in the subject line. Please note that this policy will also apply to future LSAT administrations where scores are reported after the regular registration deadlines. LSAC will continue to review test scheduling and deadlines for future administrations.

Note that this refund is only available to December retakers who took the October test, and to February retakers who take the December test.