UPDATE: Coronavirus and the LSAT

Last Updated October 15, 2020

 

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All of us at LSAC are saddened by the COVID-19 outbreaks affecting so many countries and communities around the world. Our hearts go out to all of the individuals, families, and communities that have been affected. We are working with global, national, and local officials to comply with local health directives and guidance, while striving to address the needs of test takers and schools.

To enable candidates to earn an LSAT score and continue their law school journeys despite the COVID-19 emergency, we have developed the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex. Between May and early October, candidates successfully completed nearly 79,000 LSAT-Flex assessments to continue their law school journeys. You can learn more about the LSAT-Flex, including technical requirements and answers to frequently asked questions on our LSAT-Flex page.

Given the continuing uncertainty and disruption of the COVID-19 emergency in many regions, we have decided that all of the remaining LSAT administrations through April 2021 will be delivered via the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex, instead of in-person.

The November LSAT-Flex administration will occur the week starting Saturday, November 7. Most test takers will test on either Saturday, November 7; Sunday, November 8; Tuesday, November 10; or Wednesday, November 11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. Currently, we are targeting Tuesday, November 24, as the November LSAT-Flex score release date for all test takers who test during the week of November 7. All candidates who had previously registered for the November in-person LSAT were automatically registered to take the corresponding November LSAT-Flex exam, unless they chose to opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future LSAT until April 2021.

The January, February, and April LSAT-Flex administrations will occur during the same week that the corresponding in-person LSAT administrations were scheduled. Most test takers will test on Saturday or Sunday of the week, with some tests occurring later in the week based on test-taker volume or specific remote proctoring requirements. Candidates registered for the January-April 2021 in-person LSAT administrations may choose to take the corresponding LSAT-Flex, or opt out by November 13, 2020, and receive a full refund. The online opt-out form is available in candidates’ LSAC accounts. Candidates who do not indicate their preference by November 13 will be automatically registered for the LSAT-Flex exam that corresponds with their current LSAT registration(s).

We know how important the LSAT is to candidates and schools, and also to fairness and integrity in law school admission, which advances access and equity in legal education. LSAC is committed to doing everything possible to provide candidates with the assessment and other services needed, while following public health guidance to ensure the safety of test takers and the broader community.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all work through this extraordinary situation together. See below for more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. 

 

Test Dates, Changes, and Cancellations

What is the status of the November LSAT administration?

Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, we will offer the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for November 14 in the U.S. and Canada.

Based on scheduling considerations related to remote education and remote testing at colleges and universities due to COVID-19, we are adjusting the date of the November test. We recognize that different schools have different class and testing schedules, but we are hopeful that this date change will make it easier and more convenient for most test takers, and we are sharing this date change as far in advance as possible so that affected test takers have the opportunity to plan.

The November LSAT-Flex will be administered the week starting Saturday, November 7. All candidates registered for the November LSAT administration will be automatically registered to take the November LSAT-Flex unless they choose to opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future test between January 2020 and April 2021.

We are committed to broad access and will work with all test takers with disabilities to see that their accommodation needs are met under the circumstances. We will also work with any candidates who may need our assistance with access to computer equipment, a reliable internet connection, or a quiet place to test.

What is the status of the January, February, and April 2021 LSAT administrations?

Given the continuing uncertainty and disruption of the COVID-19 emergency in many regions, we have decided that all of the LSAT administrations currently scheduled for January, February, and April 2021 will be delivered via the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex, instead of in-person. The LSAT-Flex gives candidates the opportunity to earn an LSAT score and continue their law school journeys despite COVID-19 restrictions on travel or public gatherings.

The January, February, and April LSAT-Flex administrations will occur during the same week that the in-person LSAT administrations were scheduled. Most test takers will test on Saturday or Sunday of the week, with some tests occurring later in the week based on test-taker volume or specific remote proctoring requirements. These LSAT-Flex administrations will count toward the annual, multi-year, and lifetime limits on taking the LSAT, and due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration these will be undisclosed tests.

You can learn more about the LSAT-Flex and see answers to frequently asked questions on our About the LSAT-Flex page. You can also learn more about deadlines for requesting formal accommodations, how to request assistance with a loaner device or a quiet place in which to test, and deadlines for changing your test date, and score release dates for each of the LSAT-Flex administrations on our Test Dates, Deadlines, and Score Release Dates page

Will the LSAT-Flex format be offered over the long term even when things get better?

It is too soon to speculate on whether the LSAT-Flex format will continue to be offered after the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat to public health and safety. Right now, we are focused on trying to ensure that everyone who wants to take the LSAT to pursue their legal education goals has the opportunity to test, even during this unprecedented time of disruption due to the COVID-19 emergency.

General Qs on the Admission Process

How will schools view Pass/Fail grades?

Law schools are fully aware of and understand that virtually all students enrolled during the spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic experienced significant disruption in their living and learning arrangements. Law schools are also aware that many undergraduate and graduate schools changed their grading systems to allow or require Pass/Fail grades in lieu of their traditional grading systems and will not penalize any applicant for presenting Pass/Fail grades. LSAC will place a letter in the CAS report of every applicant enrolled during spring 2020, reminding law schools of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the population and on higher education.

How will schools look at the fact that my summer internship was canceled?

Again, law schools understand that COVID-19 pandemic forced many changes that affect students’ summer plans. If your summer internship has been canceled, you should explain that when you apply to law school, and you should also discuss how you adjusted to the unexpected developments resulting from the pandemic.