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How to Decide When To Take the LSAT

If you’re wondering if the LSAT is going away, we have news for you. There have never been more choices when it comes to taking the LSAT. So, when should you take the LSAT? We still remember a time when there were only four LSAT dates every year. Now, you can register for the LSAT almost every month. But have you ever spent hours scrolling through Netflix to find a new show (before settling on something you’ve seen before)? Yeah, more choices don’t always make it easier. So, to make your LSAT decision a little less difficult, we’ll go through each of the LSAT dates through June 2025 and discuss some pros and cons of each to help you find the best LSAT date for you.

How Do I Decide When To Take the LSAT?

1. Consider Your LSAT Study Schedule

The most important factor, by far, is study time. Studying for the LSAT is usually a two-to-six month, twenty-hours-per-week process. Sometimes longer or shorter.

So when deciding when to take the LSAT date, think about the LSAT prep time leading up to your test date. Will you have the time to dedicate about twenty hours of weekly study time? Blueprint has different LSAT prep options for any LSAT study schedule, but you should always be honest with yourself and your personal schedule.

2. Think About When You’re Applying to Law School

Despite law schools accepting the GRE, the LSAT is not going away. It’s still a vital part of law school admissions.

Consider whether the LSAT date you choose will allow you to apply early in the law school admissions cycle. Law schools use rolling admissions. The admissions committee starts offering acceptance letters as soon as they start reviewing applications. Ideally, you want to get your applications submitted early before too many acceptance letters are sent out.

You should aim to have your applications submitted by November. Obviously, taking an LSAT after November would prevent you from meeting this goal.

3. Ignore the Rumors

Don’t try to game the system by choosing an LSAT date you’ve heard is “easier” than other test dates. No one—other than the malicious logicians who make this LSAT test—knows how hard or easy the questions will be.

Second, LSATs are curved. Test takers who take an LSAT with “easier” questions have to answer more questions correctly to earn the same score as those who take an LSAT with “harder” questions.

One last thing to consider if you’re taking the LSAT after June 2024: LSAC is removing the Logic Games Section from the LSAT. The final LSAT with Logic Games will be June 2024. After June, test takers will get an additional Logical Reasoning Section. If Logic Games is your strongest section or Logical Reasoning is your weakest section, we strongly suggest taking the LSAT before August 2024.

Tl;dr Is the LSAT going away? No, but the Logic Games Section is.

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When Should You Take the LSAT?

Settling on when to take the LSAT depends on a few factors that are unique to each individual test taker and each LSAT date. Let’s break it down.

  • June 2024 (June 6, 7 and 8)
  • Score Release Date: June 26
  • Registration Deadline: April 23, 2024

The June LSAT is historically a popular date. You’ll receive your test score back by July 1, giving you more than enough time to focus on the rest of your law school application. Alternatively, if you find yourself needing to retake the LSAT, you’ll have time to register for a new test date and work on the areas you need to.

However, the June LSAT may not be as coveted by college students. You’ll likely have to prep for the LSAT amid midterms and finals. On the other hand, you’ll be able to get the LSAT out of the way and enjoy your summer. If you have a light spring semester, this might be the best LSAT date for you. Otherwise, shoot for a test later in the summer.

  • August 2024 LSAT (Wednesday, August 7, 8, 9, and10)
  • Score Release Date: August 28
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

August LSAT dates are pretty great. Rather than sully the excitement of a new school year with your looming fall LSAT, you can take the LSAT during the dog days of summer. You will still get your score back in time to apply early to law school. This test date is perfect for college students and working professionals alike. Prep by the pool, at the beach, or anywhere there’s Wifi with the Blueprint LSAT Self-Paced Course.

  • September 2024 LSAT (September September 4, 5, 6, and 7)
  • Score Release Date: September 25
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

The September LSAT is a very convenient test date. You can prep during the summer and wrap it up just as the school year is beginning. The best part is you will receive your score early enough to apply to law school as soon as applications open. It also allows you to retake the exam and still apply “early.”

  • October 2024 LSAT (October 1, 2, 4, and 5)
  • Score Release Date: October 23
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Remember when we said it’s better to apply as soon as you can to law school? You might be cutting it close with the October LSAT, but only ever so slightly. It’s still a great option for students who wanted to prep during the summer but couldn’t. You will get your score back by the end of the month.

While you’re waiting for your score, use your time wisely. Gather the rest of the materials you’ll need for your law school application including a personal statement and letters of recommendation, and register for the CAS.

  • November 2024 LSAT (November 6, 7, 8, and 9)
  • Score Release Date: November 27
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of going to law school, now is the time to make the decision. Your law school application is not complete until you submit an LSAT score. You will receive your November LSAT score near the beginning of December.

It’s also in between midterms and Thanksgiving break, which could place undue pressure on you. Remember, the most important factor in determining the best LSAT date for you is adequate LSAT prep time. If the November LSAT will allow you the most time to prep, then definitely go for it!

  • January 2025 LSAT (January 15, 16, 17, and 18)
  • Score Release Date: February 5
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

New year, new you, new career? Taking the January LSAT won’t look like a gym at the beginning of the year, but it is an interesting choice. It takes place after the holidays, which can be a huge distraction for many of us. College students could find the January LSAT particularly advantageous because they can prep over winter break.

Unfortunately, with a mid-January LSAT date, you can expect to receive your score in February. Some schools won’t accept applications past a certain date in January or early February. If you have to retake your LSAT, you might not make the hard law school deadlines. Regardless, by now many schools will have already started sending acceptances to applicants, leaving you a smaller window of opportunity.

  • February 2025 LSAT (February 7 and 8)
  • Score Release Date: February 27
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Some law schools simply won’t accept the February LSAT for a Fall 2025 admission, but double-check with your schools. That said, you would be taking the LSAT in the middle of winter; what else do you have going on during this time? You could take the February LSAT and then cross that off your 2025-26 law school admissions cycle checklist super early.

  • There’s no March 2025 LSAT.
  • Registration Deadline: N/A

Assuming there’s a March LSAT offered, this test date is another great option if you’re applying for Fall admission next cycle and want to get the LSAT out of the way. Just make sure you can dedicate enough time to prepping for the LSAT during your spring semester.

Unfortunately, there are only a handful of schools willing to accept the March LSAT for admission in the same cycle. Check with your school before choosing the March LSAT.

  • April 2025 LSAT (April 10, 11, and 12)
  • Score Release Date: April 30
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Who would want to take the April LSAT? Anyone who wants to apply to law school in the upcoming cycle! Take it now to get your scores back by May. This way, you can decide if you need to retake the LSAT in the summer.

College students might not be too fond of the April LSAT. It’s scheduled around final exams. You’ll have to juggle studying for those with prepping for the LSAT. Plus, there’s always the big question of whether you should or should not study during Spring Break.

  • June 2025 LSAT (June 5, 6, and 7)
  • Score Release Date: June 25
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Ah, and we come to June once more. Refer to the reasons why you should take the June LSAT above.

Final Thoughts

If you only have two takeaways from this entire blog, it should be these two:

  1. There’s no such thing as an “easier” or “harder” LSAT.
  2. Choose an LSAT date that works with your schedule.

And if you need more help deciding on which LSAT to take, schedule a free consult with a Blueprint LSAT Advisor. Once you have your LSAT date, don’t forget about your LSAT prep!

Whether you want the flexibility of a Self-Paced Course or prefer to navigate the LSAT with instructors in a Live Course, we have the study method that fits your learning style. Start for free today and get access to tons of free LSAT prep resources!

So, pre-lawyers, choose wisely, study up, and best of luck in 2024-25.

  • The Best LSAT Dates 2020-2021
  • March 30, 2020 (Monday, 12:30 pm)
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2020 (Tuesday)

This one’s fast approaching — as you can see, you have less than a week to sign up for it. Unless you’re already studying to prepare for this exam, or are just trying to boost your test score by a couple points, it’s probably too late in the game to choose this one. But if you decide it’s March or Die, check out our one-month and two-month study plans.

  • April 25, 2020 (Saturday, 8:30 am)
  • Registration Deadline: March 10, 2020 (Tuesday)

The April 2020 LSAT exists in a weird liminal space. It’s administered too late in the year for applicants who want to begin law school in fall 2020, but it’s really early for applicants who want to begin law school in 2021. It’s administered quite a bit after most university’s spring break, so that week off won’t provide a late study opportunity. But it’s also administered a little bit before most university’s finals weeks, so finals studying probably won’t conflict with LSAT studying. So if you’re a graduate, or a university student who doesn’t mind threading the needle between spring break and finals, and you want to begin law school in 2021, and you want a lot of runway before the 2020-21 application season to retake the LSAT or get your application materials together, we can recommend the April LSAT.

  • June 8, 2020 (Monday, 12:30 pm) (disclosed test)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

The June LSAT is perennially great for working folk. You can take the June LSAT and get your score back by July, giving you several months to leisurely compile your application materials before sending them in early in the admissions cycle. Even with a busy work schedule, the June LSAT grants you enough time to prevent your stress level from hitting the red during application season.

The June LSAT is a little less kind to folks still in school, however. It’s held less than a month after finals for most students (or around the same time as finals for students on the quarter system), which will obviously eliminate the study time you can dedicate to the June exam. For these students, we recommend holding off ’til July or later.

  • July 13, 2020 (Monday, 12:30 pm)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

The July test can help out working folks nearly as much as the June LSAT. The scores will likely be released in mid-August, so those in the workforce will still have at least a month to build their application and submit them very early in the 2020-21 application cycle.

But the July LSAT helps out students and recent grads way more than the June LSAT. The July 2020 LSAT will be held a couple months after finals at most universities. We’d recommend starting the LSAT study process before you begin finals, pushing through finals weeks and the inevitable post-finals hangover, and then reigniting you LSAT studies in earnest, and carrying that momentum through July for test day.

Also, night owls should be advised that this is the last afternoon LSAT in the 2020-21 year. So if you’d prefer not to take your test at the early hour of 8:30 am, consider July 2020.

And, nota bene, if you hear anything about being able to cancel your July LSAT score after receiving it, or getting a free retake if you cancel your July LSAT score, that applied only to the July 2019 LSAT. The July 2020 test offers no such deal.

  • August 29, 2020 (Saturday, 8:30 am) (disclosed)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

This one’s super exciting for me. The fall LSAT has historically been held in mid-to-late September or early October. Before the July LSAT was introduced in 2018, students who wanted to use their summers to study for the LSAT were forced to take the September or October LSAT. However, the September or October LSAT would often conflict with midterms or papers for these students. So people would spend their entire summers getting ready for the LSAT, only for the LSAT to conflict with their Global Environment and World Politics class or something. For this reason, I’ve long advocated that the September/October LSAT should be moved to late July or August. So I’d love it if droves of you signed up to take this LSAT, just to prove me right.

But regardless of any selfish desires for validation, this is a pretty good date for any student who wants to use their summer for test preparation. It’s especially good for those who want to go straight from undergrad to law school. Those students can dedicate the summer between their junior and senior year to study for the August test, which shouldn’t conflict with their senior-year classes.

That said, if you want to apply early in the application cycle, you should also use your summer to start assembling your applications. That way, you’ll have your applications ready to go around the time you’ll receive your score in September, allowing you to apply early.

  • October 3, 2020 (Saturday, 8:30 am)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

This is another exam for students who want to use their summers to study. I think it’ll be especially good for students on the quarter system. They get out of school in mid-June, which would make it difficult to get fully prepared for the July or even August 2020 exams. But they’ll have plenty of time to get ready for the October test. And the fact that fall quarter classes won’t begin until late September means this exam won’t rub up against midterms or papers or anything like that.

Of course, those who are taking the October exam should make sure they have all their application materials ready to go before they receive their October scores in late October or early November. Otherwise, they may have to apply later in the cycle than they’d prefer.

  • November 14, 2020 (Saturday, 8:30 am) (disclosed test)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Now we’re at the LSATs “late” in the admissions cycle. If you’re taking these tests in anticipation of starting law school in 2021, then you won’t be able to apply early in the admissions cycle. Now, if these “late” tests are the only exams you can dedicate adequate study time to, that’s totally fine. We’ll refer back to the very first point we made — study time is the most important factor to consider when choosing an LSAT. Just make sure you’re getting your application materials together as you study for this test, so you can submit your applications as soon as you get your score back in early December to meet the application deadline.

In the last few years, this winter LSAT has been the most taken exam in the LSAT calendar year. So for the November test, test centers can fill up quickly, and test takers frequently get placed on the waitlist and sometimes assigned to test centers as many as 100 miles from their homes. The demand for the for the November exam, plus the fact that the LSAT switched to a digital format in September 2019, led to the November 2019 LSAT being a veritable disaster.

However, we’re cautiously optimistic that the November 2020 LSAT (and the rest of the 2020-21 LSATs, it should be said) will go a lot more smoothly. The January 2020 LSAT didn’t go perfectly for all test takers (frankly, and unfortunately, no LSAT does), but it went a helluva lot better than the November 2019 exam. And we’re hopeful that the test administrators will spend the year following the November 2019 exam recruiting and training new proctors who can ensure the exams will be held without a major hitch.

  • January 16, 2021 (Saturday, 8:30 am)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Another “late” LSAT. This one, at least, will allow students and workers alike to dedicate their holiday vacations to study time. As with October and November, make sure to assemble your applications as you study for this exam.

  • February 20, 2021 (Saturday, 8:30 am)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Now we’re in the “super late” portion of the 2020-21 application cycle. Some law schools won’t accept the February 2021 LSAT for 2021 matriculants; if you’re planning on taking this exam to attend law school in fall 2021, make sure the law schools you’re applying to will accept this exam. Alternatively, this test is in the “super early” portion of the 2021-22 application cycle. And any study time you dedicate to the February 2021 test will be done during the thick of winter, so you won’t be sacrificing any balmy summer days or crisp fall afternoons to the LSAT.

  • April 10, 2021 (Saturday, 8:30 am)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

And we’re back to April. In 2021, however, the April LSAT will be positioned a little bit closer to most universities’ spring breaks, which can provide a helpful week of studying and test preparation. It’s also a little bit further away from finals week, making those even less of a concern. Like the April 2020 exam, however, it’s too late in the year for those who want to begin law school in 2021 (although some law schools may still accept this exam — it never hurts to check).