Let’s save some lives
Before we outline the specifics, let’s cover the why. Heads UP Georgia hit the nail on the head when they explained our state has seen significant increases in vehicle traffic crashes, fatalities, and bodily injury, and that these incidents are a clear indication of driver inattention. Other states that have passed similar laws have seen significant decreases in traffic fatalities the years after the law was passed.
Your safety and the safety of other Georgians and our millions of visitors each year are paramount. Thank you for reading and investing in safe driving practices.
Here’s a link to the complete law, below is our personal summary that is being provided to help inform you of the changes to take effect July 1, 2018.
- Can I hold a wireless telecommunications device and drive? NO
- Can I hold a wireless telecommunications device while lawfully parked? YES
- Is sitting at a red light or stop sign lawfully parked? NO
- Can I answer or use a wireless telecommunications device while driving? YES, BUT you may not use more than a single button to initiate or terminate the voice communication AND you may not reach for the device if it means you are no longer seated or have to remove your seat belt
- Can I use hands-free voice-to-text? YES
- Can I use hands-free GPS? YES
- Can I use hands-free single-ear headphones? YES
- Can I use hands-free Bluetooth pieces? YES
- Can I use in-car navigation? YES
- Can I use in-car stereo/equipment? YES
- Can I use voice technology? YES, IF it’s hands-free
- Can I text/email while holding a wireless telecommunications device? NO
- Can I watch videos while driving? NO
- Can I record videos while driving? NO
The June LSAT has long been regarded as the last test that could be considered for a fall applicant and the new July exam does not change that.
From an admissions standpoint, the June test allows just enough time to thoughtfully process and render a decision for fall entry. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School encourages June LSAT takers to submit an application as soon as possible and indicate a future LSAT registration. Doing this allows the application to be evaluated immediately upon receipt of the June score, applications are evaluated in the order they were received.
The new July test, albeit administered prior to the start of the fall semester, releases its test scores 3 days after the start of the fall semester and 1 day prior to the add/drop deadline (2018). This timeline does not allow a fall application decision.
The July test is a great option for applicants interested in spring enrollment. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School seats a spring class. Students who start in the spring, may graduate this accelerated program in 2.5 years. The accelerated J.D. program at Atlanta’s John Marshall is offered yearly, but only in the spring. Similar to the June LSAT being the last exam evaluated for a fall application, the December LSAT is the last exam that may be evaluated for a spring application.
2018 Dates to consider
May 1, 2018 – Registration receipt deadline for June 2018 LSAT (Fall 2018 entry)
June 11, 2018 – June LSAT
June 13, 2018 – Registration receipt deadline for July 2018 LSAT (Spring 2019 entry)
July 6, 2018 – Score release date by email for June 2018 LSAT
July 23, 2018 – July LSAT
August 13, 2018 – First day of classes at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
August 16, 2018 – Score release date by email for July 2018 LSAT
August 17, 2018 – Last day to add/drop classes at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School