Apply To Law School Now or Wait for Your December LSAT Score?
Planning to apply to some schools with your October LSAT score but retake the LSAT on December 1 for other schools? Don’t do it. To tell you why, I’m about to go “Reese Witherspoon” on you, and not from the overused Legally Blonde, she of the 180 LSAT, but back to my roots in Alabama: “You can’t ride two horses with one ass, Sugarbean.”
Either you feel confident in your abilities to improve your LSAT score in December, or you don’t. If you don’t, then don’t retake the LSAT: there isn’t time to learn a new strategy or completely change how you approach the test, unless you have nothing else to do in the next few weeks (including law school applications!). If you do feel confident that you can do better on the December LSAT, then hold off applying until then.
Here are 4 reasons why:
1. You only have 3.5 weeks before the December LSAT. Prioritization dictates that the LSAT should come first. Even if your personal statement, resume, and other materials are done and ready to go, it still takes time to put applications together and submit them and you have very limited time right now.
2. Law schools don’t make decisions (on purpose) on your file with pending LSAT scores. They’re just going to hold on to your application anyway.
3. In a year when applications are down, the pressure to apply in November is gone. Law schools are not going to be filling up their classes with qualified applicants in the fall. My applicants who submitted their applications in early January last year were just as successful in getting into reach schools as those who had applied in November. It’s better to have the higher LSAT score and apply in early January than to apply now with what you have.
4. You can’t make an argument in an LSAT addendum without knowing all of the facts. You can’t spin your previous LSAT performance without knowing your final score. For example, if you talk about how sick you were during the October LSAT, then you get the same or very similar score in December, it sounds pretty lame that you blamed a sickness in October. Wait until you have your facts in front of you so you know whether (and how) to make a persuasive argument that your lower LSAT score should be discounted.