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Trick or Treat, There’s an LSAT Registration Deadline to Beat

Today is the day! No, it’s not the day of the test. And it’s not the test change deadline, either (that’s not for another week and a half). But today is the registration deadline. If you’re not signed up for the December LSAT, do sow now. No really, NOW.

Today is something of a soft deadline, because for the December LSAT you can do a “late registration” online until November 11. But you should still sign up now. Why? Well, first of all, you save some money. If you sign up after today, you’ll have to pay an extra $68. Which isn’t the end of the world, but why pay it if you don’t have to? With that money you could live like a king at the dollar store.

If you’re unsure as to whether you’ll be ready for the December LSAT, sign up anyway. You can always cancel your registration up to the night before the test and maintain a clean record. Sure, you’ll lose your money, but that’s an acceptable risk. It would be much worse to study and find that you’re totally ready for the December LSAT, but not be signed up. If for some reason you’re absolutely certain that you won’t have time to study for the December LSAT, though, then you can go ahead and sign up for the February exam instead (but ideally you’re doing this only if you’re applying in 2012 or later – a February score hurts your chances for applying this cycle).

The other reason to sign up now is that December LSAT testing centers are already filling up. Many are totally full. That’ll become even more the case as we get closer to the hard deadline of November 11. You wouldn’t want to wait until the last minute only to find that you have to take the December LSAT a hundred miles away (which can and does happen). Sign up for the December LSAT now and take the best center available. If you want a different center, check in regularly to see if spots open up. Many people will be signing up over the next week and a half, but many others will be postponing their registration as well, so you might find fully booked December LSAT testing centers have periodic openings. If you find one you can snag a spot for a $35 test-center change fee.

So, the moral of all this, once again, is sign up for the December LSAT. Now.

Also, happy Halloween! What a strange holiday.