Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March LSAT Is Canceled, Fate Of April Test Is Uncertain

Karen Sloan (, March LSAT Is Canceled, Fate of April Test Uncertain:

CoronavirusThe March administration of the Law School Admission Test has been canceled—just the latest upheaval for legal education, where nearly every law school in the country has already or soon will transition to online courses.

The Law School Admission Council announced Monday that the exam, scheduled for March 30, will not take place at any of the worldwide locations due to the coronavirus outbreak. All test takers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were signed up for the March LSAT will automatically be registered for the next administration April 25 in the same area. Those in other countries will automatically be registered for the June LSAT. ...

The timing of this month’s LSAT cancellation within the law school admissions cycle is fortunate, according to Testy. About 9,000 people were registered to take the exam in March, but only 470 of them were planning to apply to law school for the fall of 2020. That means the vast majority of registrants were either repeat takers hoping to improve their score for the current admission cycle, or those getting a head start on the 2021 admission cycle. ...

While the April test date has not yet been canceled, the council is working on contingencies in the event that it is. One possibility is the addition of test dates in the May and throughout the summer.

The council is also working on options to administer the exam remotely, which is possible because the LSAT transitioned last year from a paper exam to a digital one. ...

Steve Schwartz, chief executive officer of test prep provider LSAT Unplugged, said it’s unlikely that the council could launch a remote version of the LSAT by the April test date. A remote test might be possible by the summer, said Schwartz, who predicted that the April test is likely to be canceled as well.

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