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How long is one's LSAT score valid?

akafizzleakafizzle Posts: 412Registered User Member
edited April 2013 in Law School
Is it two years or five years? Thank you in advance (by Boyz II Men...a beautiful song).
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Replies to: How long is one's LSAT score valid?

  • NeedAdviceNeedAdvice Posts: 883Registered User Member
    I think 5 years.

    I believe that's how long your rec letters are valid for too. Like if you need time off to work, you should ask your profs for recs first and then send them to the LSAC.
  • sallyawpsallyawp Posts: 2,059Registered User Senior Member
    If you are going to take time after college to work (including things like Peace Corps or Teach for America, etc.), at least one of your recommendations that you ultimately send to law schools should be from your employer, a client or a colleague.
  • ariesathenaariesathena Posts: 5,021Registered User Senior Member
    Not trying to be completely cranky here, but that information is easily found on LSAC. There's no reason for us to answer that for you when you can find it out yourself with little effort.
  • akafizzleakafizzle Posts: 412Registered User Member
    Aries: I did consult with LSAC to satisfy my question; however, I failed to find any information regarding it. I presume that I did not check well.
  • ariesathenaariesathena Posts: 5,021Registered User Senior Member
    Huff huff. So I have to do work. :p

    The short answer is five years. There is a longer answer, which involves everything from preferences of the individual school (some don't want LSAT scores that old) and your LSDAS subscription. The two year limitation is the fact that you cannot take the LSAT more than three times in two years. Now, some links:

    http://www.lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=/lsac/faqs-and-support-lsat.asp#13
    LSATs before June 2001 not valid.

    http://www.lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=/lsac/lsdas-general-information.asp
    LSDAS valid for five years from registration date. If, at any time during that period, you register for the LSAT, it is extended five years from LSAT registration.

    If you have LSAT questions that you can't find under LSAT info, look under LSDAS.
  • akafizzleakafizzle Posts: 412Registered User Member
    Appreciate it.
  • mregomrego Posts: 1,038Registered User Senior Member
    So why are LSAT scores no good after 5 years, but your undergrad GPA is still relevant after two or three decades?
  • thetrumpet070thetrumpet070 Posts: 387Registered User Member
    ^ Well you can't reasonably expect someone to go back and complete another 4 years of college just to apply to law school. Asking them to retake the LSAT is considerably more reasonable. Also, the LSAT goes through overhauls from time to time, the LSAT now is hardly comparable to a mid 1990's LSAT. Even if undergrad curriculum goes through overhauls over time, law schools have no interest in the curriculum, only the scores you receive on it which show if you are a diligent worker or not.
  • Kobie118Kobie118 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    No need to be *****y.......ariesathena
  • ariesathenaariesathena Posts: 5,021Registered User Senior Member
    Oh, a troll whose first and only post is to call me a sexist swear word! Fun!

    On the merits - yes, my first reply was somewhat cranky. However, I will point out what I have always pointed out to people on this board: if your goal is to be a lawyer, you should be able to research and comprehend straightforward guidelines and rules.

    I understand that 0Ls have not set foot in a law school classroom, read a single case, or parsed so much of a clause of a statute. I also understand that most lawyers develop a specialty, and that asking for help of those more 'in the know' is a very good habit. But the idea remains that if you're here trying to be a lawyer, you should have slightly more inclination to research than your average lay person.

    I guess that makes me a sexist swear word......
  • Demosthenes49Demosthenes49 Posts: 635Registered User Member
    I can think of a number of words fitting in those asterisks. Which one is the sexist one?
  • ariesathenaariesathena Posts: 5,021Registered User Senior Member
    I assumed that it was something along the lines of 'bit of a witch"-y.
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