This is an important update for all October LSAT takers who either: 1) registered for the December LSAT or plan to do so; or 2) registered for the December exam before you got your October score and now you don’t need to retake in December. You may be eligible for a refund.
Whew. It’s been a busy time for the LSAC. They have changed their policy several times in the last week with regard to October LSAT takers.
What happened: According to the LSAC, changes to their process of providing accommodations to LSAT test takers required them to move up the registration for December exams. The new registration deadline for the December LSAT was before October LSAT takers would receive their score. The LSAC decided to offer a refund for October takers’ late fees for the December exam. Then they released the scores early and decided not to offer a refund. THEN, they reversed that decision and decided once again to offer a refund to October takers for December registration fees.
Who is eligible? Two groups of people are eligible for a refund. One: October LSAT takers who did not cancel/were not absent from their October exam AND who registered late for the December exam. These people are eligible for a refund of their late fees ($90). Two: October LSAT takers who met the regular registration deadline for December but upon receiving your score you have decided that you do not need to retake in December. These people are eligible for a refund of the entire LSAT registration fee ($175). Only October LSAT takers are eligible for these refunds.
You must register and apply for a refund within 4 days after the November 3 late registration deadline (see instructions below).
How do I get my refund? Here are the instructions from the LSAC:
Late fee refunds: LSAC will honor requests for refunds of the additional late registration fee ($90) from candidates who chose not to register by the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT because they needed time to consider their options after receiving their scores from the October test. Candidates who took the October 2015 test and have a valid score will have until November 3, 2015 to register for the December 2015 test. Unfortunately, we are unable to waive the late fee upon registration; therefore, eligible candidates must submit a written request for a refund of the late fee within 4 days after the November 3 late registration deadline. Refunds will not be issued to those who were absent, cancelled their score, or were dismissed from the test. Requests should be emailed to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org and should include “Late Fee Refund” in the subject line.
December LSAT withdrawal refunds: Candidates who registered by the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT after their October score was released, but subsequently decided they do not want to take the December test, will be eligible for a full test registration fee refund if they cancel their registration by November 3, 2015. Eligible candidates must submit a written request for a refund of the registration fee within 4 days after the November 3 late registration deadline. Refunds will not be issued to those who were absent, cancelled their score, or were dismissed from the October test. Requests should be emailed to LSACrefunds@LSAC.org and should include “Late Fee Refund” in the subject line.
If you have questions about the refund, direct them to LSACrefunds@lsac.org.
On behalf of our students and alumni, we have already communicated with the LSAC about preventing this situation in the future.