Fee waivers

Even if you don't qualify for an LSAC fee waiver, it's worth asking each individual school for an application fee waiver.

LSAC will grant fee waivers to applicants with demonstrated financial need. Information regarding the fee waiver application process can be found here. The application must be submitted very early in order to be considered, usually six weeks prior to the regular LSAT registration deadline.

Fee waivers are available for the following services: two LSATs (at $190 each), one Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration ($195), four CAS law school reports (at $45 each), and the Official LSAT Superprep book (always included with LSAT registration). Fee waivers cannot be applied retroactively. As of July 2018, this represents a potential savings of $755.

Typically, if you are still in school and receiving substantial need-based financial aid, you should be granted a fee waiver—if you fit these criteria and do NOT receive a fee waiver (and are a UMass Amherst student or alum), please contact the Pre-Law Advising Office. If you do not fit something resembling these criteria, you are significantly less likely to receive a fee waiver from LSAC.

LSAC fee waiver standards are much more stringent than many law schools’ standards. Many law schools will waive their application fees if you have been granted a fee waiver from LSAC, but many will also waive their application fees even if you do not qualify for LSAC’s waiver. You will find specific information about fee waivers on the website or in the application materials for each law school. (You may also receive unsolicited offers of fee waivers from law schools—these offers are not an indication of your chance of admission at those particular schools.)