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Spring 2021 Law School Application Considerations

Northwestern Credit/No Credit Grading Policy for the 2020-21 Academic Year & Law School Admissions

If you have any questions about how Northwestern's recent announcement regarding the Credit/No Credit grading policy for the 2020-21 academic year and how it might affect your law school applications we encourage you to make a prelaw advising appointment with NCA’s prelaw adviser, Lynn Page through Handshake.

There is no “one size fits all” answer on whether to select this option and is one dependent on a specific person’s academic record. Law schools do allow applicants to submit a GPA addendum to explain any specific circumstances that may have affected your grades in any given quarters and the prelaw adviser can assist you in determining if this would be advisable to include an addendum based on your particular situation.

Please note: Northwestern will be including standard language on all transcripts to indicate the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 academic year and the student’s option to change grades retrospectively.

LSAC Official Statement on P/F Grades During Winter & Spring Quarter 2020

Law schools are fully aware of and understand that many undergraduate schools went to some version of a pass/fail grading system for winter and spring 2020. In fact, many law schools made the same decision for their law students. Law schools will be understanding of the situation and will not penalize any applicant for having Pass/Fail grades. LSAC will place a letter in the CAS report of every applicant enrolled during spring 2020, to remind law schools going forward that the semester was one in which many schools changed their grading systems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: If you did opt to take some P/F grades in the Winter quarter 2020 when it was an option it is important to consider if it makes sense to take any classes for Credit/No Credit in the 2020-21 academic year and we encourage you to make an appointment with NCA Prelaw Adviser, Lynn Page on Handshake to discuss how this might affect your law school applications.

Taking the LSAT during Covid -19/Test to remain online, live-proctored format

Given the expressed preferences of the substantial majority of test takers, LSAC is pleased to announce that we will continue to provide the LSAT in an online, live-proctored format through June 2022.

Please note: The format of the online test will change starting with the August 2021 exam.

LSAT Flex Format through June 2021

April LSAT-Flex
Test Dates: April 10-11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
Score Release: Wednesday, April 28

April 2021 — LSAT-Flex : April 10, April 11
June 2021 — LSAT-Flex: TBD, Week starting June 12

Details about the LSAT-Flex

Remote Online LSAT Format and Test Dates August 2021 - June 2022

Starting in August 2021, LSAC will be returning to our pre-COVID practice of including an unscored variable section along with the three scored sections so that we can validate new test questions for future use. This validation process is a vital part of our commitment to equity and helps us ensure our questions continue their long standard of being free from any kind of bias. With the addition of a fourth, unscored section, we plan to include a short break between the second and third sections of the new LSAT starting August 2021, similar to the break mid-way through the traditional in-person LSAT that was used before the COVID-19 emergency.
The LSAT will continue to have three scored sections and one unscored variable section for the next several years, and you can learn more about the LSAT for August 2021 and beyond on our website. Scores will continue to be reported on the 120-180 LSAT range, along with a percentile ranking. Our questions and methodology will remain the same.

August 2021 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting August 14
October 2021 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting October 9
November 2021 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting November 13
January 2022 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting January 15
February 2022 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting February 12
March 2022 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting March 12
April 2022 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting April 30
June 2022 — LSAT: TBD, Week starting June 11

Canceled Summer Experiences and Full-Time Job Offers and Your Law School Resume

When preparing your law school resume you should list any internships, other summer experiences or full-time job offers that were canceled due to Covid-19.  The Telling Your Pandemic Story page on our website provides guidance for describing canceled experiences on your resume.