FEB-8I’ve talked about this in a couple other posts but it’s a question that comes up frequently: if you take the LSAT in February is it too late to apply for law schools for enrollment the next fall? Well, yes and no. It used to be that most schools did not accept the February LSAT for fall admissions. However, applications and enrollment are so far down at most schools that they will in fact accept applications from Feb LSAT takers, even if their official policy is that they do not consider Feb LSAT scores.  Just to avoid confusion: every school will accept the February LSAT the following applications cycle (admission in fall of the following year).

In this post, we list various school’s policy on accepting the Feb LSAT for admission the immediately following fall. However, if you are applying in spring with a February LSAT score you will be getting in late in the game. We strongly recommend you wait and apply early on the next cycle. Jump to the end of the post for the discussion as to why this is usually your best plan.

A number of schools DO officially take February LSAT scores. Here is a list:

American University
Arizona State University
Boston University
Brooklyn Law School
College of William and Mary
George Washington
New England School of Law
North Carolina Central University
Ohio State University
Pace University
Rutgers University, Newark
Santa Clara University
St. Mary’s University
Stetson University
Suffolk University
Temple University
SUNY Buffalo
University of Connecticut
University of Hawaii
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Montana
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wyoming
University of the District of Columbia
University of the Pacific
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wayne State University
Western New England College
Whittier College
Yale University

The following schools also accept the February LSAT, but express the preference that you take an earlier LSAT.

Albany University
Baylor University
Boston College
Catholic University
Charleston School of Law
Cornell University
CUNY (Queen’s College)
DePaul University
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Pepperdine University
Roger Williams University
Texas Tech University
University of Akron
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Davis
University of California, Hastings
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Idaho
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Memphis
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Willamette University

Is It A Good Idea To Apply For Admission The Coming Fall With Your February LSAT Score?

A lot of people seem like they are in a big rush to get to law school. I understand that you want to take the next step in your life, but applying in spring for admission the immediately following fall is almost always a mistake. Here’s why:

1. Law Schools Have Given Away A Lot Of Their Scholarship Money By Then

Law schools have a limited pool of scholarships resources to draw from. They tend to use most of their money early trying to attract strong applicants. Yes, there may be some money sitting around and it may be available for you, but here’s the problem: you’ll never know if you could have gotten a better offer with a timely application (unless of course they give you the best scholarship they have, in which case, by all means, take it). It’s generally better to apply in the fall/early winter when you know there is a greater chance that you’ll get their most generous offer.

2. You Are Lowering Your Chances Of Getting Into Your Reach Schools

Yes, right now applications are way down and there are plenty of spots left for late applicants. However, good law schools still have way more people applying who are at the low end of their GPA/LSAT range than they intend to take. They give these spots away early in the applications cycle so they know these spots will filled. If you have comparatively weak numbers for a school, you have way better odds applying early.

Is money not an issue for you?? Do you not care about getting into reach schools??? Then go ahead and apply in spring. The other 99% of applicants should wait, do something productive with the extra year, then apply when the odds are in their favor.

RELATED POST: Should I Take The February 2014 LSAT If You Are Applying To Law School for Fall of 2015?