LSAT Inbox

Welcome to the LSAT Inbox! This is a weekly blog series that answers frequently asked questions about the LSAT®. We encourage you to check back often for answers to more questions you may have as you prepare for the test.

How long are LSAT scores valid for?

You may use any LSAT score from the current testing year or the past five testing years to apply for law school. Beginning with the 2021-2022 testing year, LSAT testing years run from July through June.

For example, if you plan to apply to a law school in January 2024, any LSAT scores you earn in the July 2023-June 2024 testing year will be reported. Any scores you earned during the following testing years will also be reported:

  • July 2022-June 2023
  • July 2021-June 2022
  • June 2020-June 2021
  • June 2019-May 2020
  • June 2018-May 2019

If you took the LSAT in June 2018, you could use this score to apply to law school through June 2024. Results from LSATs in prior years will not be reported.

I registered for the August 2023 LSAT and put in my preferences for testing location. When will I know exactly where and when I am taking the exam?

Scheduling for the August LSAT will open on July 6. At that time, you will have the opportunity to choose the day, time, and location where you wish to test, whether at home or in person at a test center. For those who wish to test in person at a test center, the deadline to schedule your August LSAT will be Thursday, July 13. If you prefer to take the LSAT at home, your scheduling deadline will be Tuesday, August 8.

For more information on test dates and deadlines, please visit Upcoming LSAT Dates.

Remember, if you schedule for a test center but change your mind, you have until three days before testing begins to change your testing mode.

Is LSAT Writing mandatory? Do law schools look at it?

All law school candidates must complete LSAT Writing® one time. If you have already taken the LSAT and completed LSAT Writing, you do not need to submit another writing sample.

Although LSAT Writing samples don’t receive a score, they are considered by law school admission committees when reviewing individuals’ applications. Each law school uses LSAT Writing in its own way. However, most law schools view LSAT Writing samples as an integral part of their admission decisions.

Please visit LSAT Writing for more information.

How can I contact LSAC if I have additional questions?

If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, you can contact us using our “Chat” feature by clicking on the chat icon on the bottom right corner of the LSAT pages on our website, via email at, or by calling us at 1.800.336.3982. You can also refer to our The LSAT This Week blog for details on upcoming test deadlines, how to prepare for the test, how to avoid having your session flagged, and more.