LSAC is committed to providing a fair and equitable testing program and maintaining the integrity of the LSAT. This test-taking limit policy goes into effect with the August 2023 LSAT administration. We estimate that this policy will impact a small number of people — less than 1 percent of all LSAT takers.
Starting with the August 2023 test administration, test takers will be permitted to take the LSAT:
- Five times within the current reportable score period (i.e., since June 2018).
- A total of seven times over a lifetime.
- Tests taken prior to August 2023 will be counted against these numerical limits (except for the Exceptions listed below).
- Canceled LSAT scores, including those canceled with the Score Preview option, will be counted against these numerical limits, whereas absences and withdrawals will not.
- Test takers will not be permitted to retake the LSAT if they have already scored a 180 (perfect score) within the current reportable score period (i.e., since June 2018).
- With the introduction of the LSAT-Flex to provide a safe and effective mechanism for candidates to earn scores during the COVID-19 emergency, LSAC made the decision that the May, June, July, and August 2020 LSAT-Flex tests do not count toward these limits.
- Tests taken prior to September 2019 do not count toward these limits.
In order to apply for an exemption to the test-taking limit policy, test takers should send an email to TTL@LSAC.org and provide a detailed explanation of the significant and extenuating circumstance that would justify such an exemption. In the email, please include:
- Your name.
- Your LSAC account number.
- The upcoming test date for which you are seeking an exemption.
- Any accompanying documentation you feel the appeals panel should view when considering your case.
If your appeal is successful, the granted exemption will be valid for the next test date for which you register (even if a different administration date was indicated in your appeal).
Please note: If you are granted an exemption for one test-taking limit, the remaining limits still apply to you. For example, if you are granted an exemption to take the test a sixth time in five years, you will still be limited to taking the test a total of seven times over your lifetime.
The deadline for submitting an appeal is five (5) business days prior to the registration deadline for the desired administration. A decision on the appeal will be announced to the test taker within five (5) business days from submission and are final: there are no further reviews of the appeal. If an appeal is approved, registration for the test must be done over the phone with an LSAC representative.