LSAC announces LSAT will be held online through April

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) recently announced that it will continue to offer its online version of the LSAT through April because COVID-19 will likely make in-person tests too risky. Cases are rising, and colder weather is already hitting parts of the nation, which health officials worry will speed the spread. 

Jeff Thomas, the executive director of legal programs at Kaplan, applauds the move. The announcement brings a measure of certainty to prelaw students during a time that’s full of uncertainty, he said. 

“Given the current trajectory of COVID-19 cases, it seems more than likely that the pandemic will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future,” Thomas said. 

LSAC delivered its first LSAT-Flex in May. Between then and early October, 79,000 LSAT-Flex assessments had been successful completed by law school candidates, according to LSAC’s website.

“While the LSAT-Flex and regular LSAT are relatively similar in content and format, the LSAT-Flex is significantly shorter, so knowing exactly what you will face months in advance should have a calming effect on test takers,” Thomas said. “Additionally, law schools are telling us that test takers who take the LSAT-Flex — the only version of the exam being offered since May — will be at no admissions disadvantage compared to those who submit scores from the regular LSAT.” 

Upcoming LSAT-Flex Exams:

  • November LSAT-Flex
    Test Dates: November 7, 8, 10, and 11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
    Projected Score Release Date: Tuesday, November 24
  • January LSAT-Flex
    Test Dates: January 16-17, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
    Score Release: Wednesday, February 3
  • February LSAT-Flex
    Test Dates: February 20-21, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
    Score Release: Wednesday, March 10
  • April LSAT-Flex
    Test Dates: April 10-11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
    Score Release: Wednesday, April 28
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