I am a K-JDer and have been studying for LSAT all summer after my junior year in my senior year. I passed the August LSAT, then when I got my score back (in September) and immediately started working on my apps. I submitted my applications at the end of November (23.11.) to the beginning of December (3.12.). I also created a few apps later in early January. Oh dang thanks! I didn`t know! So, could I apply to schools for 2021 now? A good rule of thumb is that you should apply before Thanksgiving and have a full application. This includes LSAT results that are returned. I applied to most schools in mid-October and it seemed like a good time to get materials in the best possible form. Another thing you could do if you do well in September is to apply, then repeat and submit an updated score. Hoping to start law school in the fall of 2023 and thus pass an official LSAT. What will be the difference to apply after September lsat vs October or November? Of course, it`s best to wait and see if I can get a better score, but if I`m happy with September`s lsat score, should I apply? It can`t be fair, it wouldn`t make sense if they wanted to limit their pool like that. Are you sure you`re not talking about your emergency program? Or is it a Canadian law school? Here`s what I wish I hadn`t done.
Switch to LSAC and open the app to the schools you are thinking of applying, and take a look at their self-declaration instructions. Most of your personal instructions will be exactly the same, but some schools (especially those ranked above) will have additional mandatory/optional statements that are a bit more tailored to each school. Keep this in mind (as well as each school`s word/page count requirements are all a little different) so you don`t rush to write extra things while your applications run out. If you have some free time while studying LSAT, I think it`s a good idea to work on your personal statement. Of course, your LSAT score will determine where it`s appropriate to apply, but since the overall message is similar in each school, you`ll be one step ahead of your applications, so once you`ve gotten your score, you`re basically ready to submit. APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It`s not the end of the world to apply in November or even January, but if you can get your stuff out as soon as possible, you`ll get an advantage over admission and scholarship consideration. Each year, there seems to be more and more conflicting information on when to submit applications; Probably for several reasons (1) there are very nuanced exceptions that are so minimal and elaborate that it took an entire chapter in our next admissions book to cover that I wouldn`t worry about (2) the last two cycles have changed the pace of reading requests for schools so much and (3) I think Sometimes, people publish false statements; Maybe they heard bad advice and believed it, who could know other reasons. I`m sure you get this question all the time.
But I don`t know when to take the LSAT/apply to the schools themselves. I am currently a junior in a 4-year program. Should I apply now or wait until next year? Thank you very much! August vs September vs October is really a minimal difference. Apply when your application is fully ready. In other words, if you are a serious competitor for a school(s) in September. Your chances of admission won`t be diminished at all because they haven`t almost filled the admission places, I mean, they haven`t even scratched the surface, and the scholarship pool will be full, so you won`t run the risk of getting less money at all. So of course, if everything is absolutely buttoned in September and goes well, it doesn`t hurt you to submit. But that really won`t help either. The only help will be the psychological ability to get it out of your head, not a boost on admission. The typical timeframe schools say is 6 to 8 weeks, but this can vary widely for a range of things.
This next cycle will also be interesting due to the coronavirus, so I don`t know how this schedule will unfold. Some people listen again in a few weeks, others don`t hear until April (!!!) It`s not that early application would have given them better results. It`s that people who apply early tend to be the people who will get the best results anyway. The same people were able to apply in December/January and obtained the same results. I wanted to do the November LSAT, but I feel like I`m not ready. I`m heading to LSAT in January, but I want to apply for the fall. I have a 4.0 GPA at UCLA, but I just need a good LSAT score. Do you think it would be acceptable to apply this round? I read your message, I just need to be reassured. To put things in perspective, I`m interested in applying to t20-50 schools from now on. It would also be my first time taking the LSAT.
The difference between the deposit in September and November is almost negligible. Most applications arrive in October and November, so many schools don`t start reviewing until November. We will try to do this every week, although there may be some where we can`t as the work can sometimes go crazy. With that in mind, I`d like to briefly mention that I try to respond when people message me here on LinkedIn. Twitter or Instagram). Sometimes I can receive up to 350 emails and messages a day and I can`t. So, it`s really a coincidence, sorry for everyone if I can`t return a message and I hope you understand. Here is the updated data! My security school apps close on December 15. I guess this may mean that if I apply by early December, it will be considered very late (since many places are already taken and it will be more competitive)? That`s exactly what I did. I took it in August and I wasn`t happy with my score. Then it started again in November.
Applied late November / early December. Heard from almost everywhere in January/February (I applied to many schools, mainly T-30). If you plan to go directly from the bachelor`s degree, you must apply between September and February of your final year. Usually, apps open in September and the earlier you apply, the better. So from there, you need to look at when LSAT is offered, how much time you want to give yourself to study (standard courses are three months), and work backwards to decide when to start. www.spiveyconsulting.com/blog-post/podcast-when-is-it-early-when-is-it-late-in-the-admissions-cycle/ I applied late (in January) and am worried about scholarship availability and deadlines for places. If I had been ready earlier, I would have applied earlier and recommended it – I don`t expect to hear from schools until March at the earliest, and the crisis adds extra stress and tension. In the vast majority of cases, the application is anticipated until mid-November. Law school admissions officers are “on the road” from September to November and, due to the highly unpredictable data of the last two cycles, are also waiting for enough data to draw conclusions about the applicant pool and LSAT score. Hence the incredibly predictable and slow pace of the last cycle. Decisions will also be slow in this cycle.
Apps open in September, usually closed in February/March. In general, it is considered early before Thanksgiving. December, early January is punctual and after that is late. But since most schools do continuous admissions, the sooner you submit, the better (you`ll see a lot of people drop off here September/October). In any case, I recommend submitting on day 1, i.e. as soon as a school`s application opens. I think it makes you look motivated and it also gives you more time to be checked when most of the available seats are available. Edit: Follow-up question: If I apply after seven lsat and then take the oct lsat and get a higher score, is it possible to add it to applications already submitted/send it to schools where I have already applied? Would it make a difference? Negligible difference.