Updates from LSAC!

Please see the following recently announced updates to the August 2020 LSAT Administration…

August 2020 LSAT Administration Updates

Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, the LSAT-Flex will be offered in August  instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for August 29 (U.S. and Canada). The August LSAT-Flex will be administered starting Saturday, August 29. Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. LSAC will continue to provide loaner devices and quiet, internet-equipped places to test for candidates that need assistance, to help maintain diversity, equity, and opportunity in the face of COVID-19. Due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration, this will be an undisclosed test. The targeted score release date is Friday, September 18.

  • Any candidate who is already registered for the August 29 LSAT may either take the August LSAT-Flex or opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future test between October 2020 and April 2021. Current August registrants should visit their LSAC account and submit the online form with their choice. If no election is made by July 15, candidates will be automatically registered for the August LSAT-Flex on or about July 16. Note: Candidates may withdraw from the August LSAT-Flex any time up to August 21, 2020 and receive the coupon. After the withdrawal deadline, no coupon will be provided.
  • Any candidate who does not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to test should alert LSAC to their situation via the same online form in their LSAC account no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, August 9, 2020.
  • Because the August LSAT-Flex is an online, remotely proctored test, LSAC will offer a variety of test start times for candidates to choose from. The scheduling sign-up process will open in mid-August.

 

Update to LSAT Writing Sample Requirements:

In response to feedback from member law schools, LSAC is reinstating the requirement that all test takers must have a completed LSAT Writing sample on file before they will receive their score for the August LSAT-Flex or future tests. The writing sample has been a required part of the LSAT for decades.  Law schools expect to see the LSAT writing sample when they review a candidate’s application and many schools have reported that they now find the writing sample even more valuable due to the improved readability of the online LSAT Writing format introduced in June 2019.

To help candidates complete the writing portion of their test, LSAC will now open LSAT Writing eight (8) days prior to every test administration. Candidates may complete their LSAT Writing at the time and date that is most convenient to them, but we will not release scores to candidates or schools until a candidate has a completed writing sample in their file. Candidates only need one writing sample. August (and future) test takers who already have a writing sample on file from a previous exam do not need to complete a new LSAT Writing sample.

 

For additional information about the LSAT-Flex visit the FAQ page.

For candidates who want to familiarize themselves with the format and content of the LSAT-Flex, free Official LSAT Prep practice tests are available on LSAC’s LawHub.

For more information about LSAT Writing, see https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/about-lsat-writing

 

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Advising Appointments Resume June 15!

A message from the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services…

Hello pre-law students and alumni!  My name is Megan Pickens and I am very excited to be taking over leadership of the Pre-Law Advising Office here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining Pre-Law Advising Services I worked at the University of Illinois College of Law in the Office of Student Affairs and Academic Administration.  I am a licensed attorney in Illinois and was a practicing attorney prior to joining the University.  

Thank you all for your patience during this period of transition.  I look forward to helping you explore your interest in law school and the legal profession. 

Appointments:

Virtual advising appointments will resume the week of June 15.  Appointments can be scheduled online at: https://go.oncehub.com/PreLawAdvisingatIllinois.  Please be sure to review the guidelines for appointments on the Pre-Law Advising website, prior to scheduling an appointment.

Questions may also be emailed to ccaas-prelaw@illinois.edu.

I look forward to sharing news about additional members of the Pre-Law Advising team in the upcoming months!

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Important Updates! Summer 2020 and Future LSAT Administration

Below please find important updates from LSAC regarding future and Summer 2020 LSAT offerings including adjustments to planned test dates, deadlines, administration format, and fees.

Summer 2020 Updates

Given the continued uncertainties and health risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to replace the in-person LSAT scheduled for July 13 in the U.S. and Canada with an LSAT-Flex administration, which would occur the week of July 12 with scores available on July 30. We have also extended the July test registration deadline to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, June 1, to allow additional time for candidates to register given the new testing dates and format.

In addition, the in-person paper-and-pencil International LSAT scheduled for June 27-28 will also be cancelled, and those international test takers will have the option of taking the LSAT-Flex during the week of July 12 as well.

As you may know, we recently delivered the first LSAT-Flex administration in the U.S. and Canada, which was generally quite successful. Nearly 10,000 candidates took the LSAT-Flex between May 18 and 22. While some test takers experienced technical difficulties with their computers, internet connection, or the proctoring process, 99% of test takers who started the test successfully completed it. We are using the experience of delivering the May exam to make future LSAT-Flex administrations even better.

Our next LSAT-Flex administration is scheduled for the week of June 14, so we will continue to learn and apply any lessons to the July LSAT-Flex administration.

2020-2021 Test Administration and Fees

LSAC has today opened up registration for all of the remaining tests in the 2020-2021 testing cycle. While it is too soon to predict how the ongoing COVID-19 emergency will affect the format or dates of these tests, we will continue doing everything we can to support our law school candidates and provide testing opportunities, while following public health guidance to help protect the safety of test takers and the broader community.

We also announced today that the prices for all LSAC services – testing, CAS, school reports, cancellation fees, and other services – will remain at their 2019-2020 levels. While the cost of providing many of these services continues to rise, LSAC is committed to closing the gap through greater efficiency in order to keep candidate costs as low as possible.

 

You can find more information about the LSAT-Flex at LSAT-Flex Frequently-Asked-Questions page, and more information about 2020-2021 registration and pricing at LSAC.org. If you want to familiarize yourself with the format and content of the LSAT-Flex, we recommend using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC’s LawHub.

 

 

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