LSAC just announced a modification on the long-standing “3 in 2” policy — students generally cannot take the LSAT more than three times in any 2 consecutive test cycles (June through February). However, students used to be able to ask specific schools to petition to LSAC. No longer. Here’s the official policy:
We also have a change in the policy related to applicants who wish to take the LSAT more than three times in two years. Applicants may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if the applicant cancels their score or if the score is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel the applicant’s registration, rescind their admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy. Previously, candidates could request a waiver of this policy from law schools. That no longer will be possible. Instead, in exceptional circumstances only, candidates can ask LSAC directly for a waiver of this policy. More information about the limitations on test taking is available here:http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp
So, LSAC is getting more serious about enforcing this rule. Don’t bank on being one of the students in “exceptional circumstances.” To be clear it’s never been a good idea to try to take the LSAT more than three times, but now it’s looking to be nearing an impossibility.
Just another reason to study smart and be completely ready to take the test just once.
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