If you plan on applying to law school this December (holiday break is a great time to take a breather and focus on your applications!), here are four things to be aware of:
1. LSAC Takes Holiday Breaks
You may not be able to submit applications on December 25, 26 or January 1st because LSAC will be closed for the holidays. Sometimes you can still submit applications, but your Credential Assembly Service reports will not be processed and sent to schools until LSAC re-opens. Why not take a few extra days to make sure your applications are reviewed and dialed in before submitting?
2. Rushing May Not Be Worth It
The law schools are often closed for a week or more between Christmas and New Years, meaning that your rush to submit applications before December LSAT scores are released on or about January 5th might not be worthwhile anyway. It might be better to take your time and submit applications when schools open back up in January.
3. Mid-January is Not Too Late
Applying mid-January is not too late. In fact, one law school recently said I should stop telling people the February LSAT is too late because they need more applicants. Last year, even Harvard extended application deadlines to allow for the February LSAT. It’s not ideal, for sure, but there is still a window of opportunity there. This is good to know for those of you who are taking the December LSAT and may want to retake in February.
4. Waiting For Your LSAT Score is Better
Submitting applications before you receive your LSAT score is pointless from an admission advantage standpoint because schools will hold your application for review until they receive the score, you will miss the opportunity to choose schools based on your score, and you will miss the opportunity to submit an LSAT addendum with your application (although one can be submitted later, you won’t won’t be assured of its being attached to your application file).