One of the most frequent questions we’ve gotten lately is whether the December LSAT is too late to take the LSAT if you are applying the following fall (and you want the best chance of getting admitted to a good law school and getting a good scholarship). Short answer: December is not too late. Applying to law school with a December LSAT should not significantly lower your chances for admission or scholarships.
Search the internet and you are going to read plenty of stuff that says otherwise. This information is outdated. Back in 2010 or so when tons of people were applying to law school, it was indeed likely that you were hurting your chances somewhat by applying in late December after you get your LSAT score (while it didn’t usually lower your odds at safety schools, it likely affected your chances and/or scholarship pulling power at reach schools and safety schools).
That was then. In the past couple of years, the number of people applying to law school has fallen dramatically. Law schools, even the higher ranked schools, have far more spots open than they have qualified applicants to fill them. If you apply in December there will be lots of seats and scholarship money to go around.
Do not, however, take this as an excuse to drag your feet and hand in your applications in January, February, or later. December LSAT takers should have their applications ready to go out the door by the time that their scores arrive. Here is an admissions timeline for December LSAT takers to help you out. If you are behind in the game there, do what you can and catch up the rest of the way in the 3 weeks while you wait for your score.
October Takers- Deciding Whether To Postpone
As of this writing, the October LSAT is less than a week away. For those signed up who might be considering postponing to take in December instead, factor the above information into your decision. If you haven’t prepared enough for this LSAT, you stand to benefit from waiting and taking the LSAT when you are really ready. You have until the 4th of October to withdraw.
Withdrawing can be hard even if you know you haven’t prepped right. If you need help with the decision whether to postpone until December, please let us know your situation and we will try to get back to you quickly.