When is a Low LSAT Score Too Low?
My most-read blog topics are those dealing with very low LSAT scores; there are a lot of you out there. So, what constitutes a “low” LSAT score? The LSAT is scored from 120-180, and an average score is about 150.
If your score is 150 or above, it’s not a particularly low score, depending on which law school you want to attend. Let’s aim this conversation at those of you below a 147 LSAT. In general, if you are in the mid-140’s or above, I have had success helping applicants fulfill their law school admission goals.
What a Low LSAT Score Means
I get a lot of calls from people with scores lower than 147. There are certain people whose chances will not be helped even with advice from a law school admission consultant. We are not, after all, miracle workers. If your LSAT score is in the 130s or low 140s, it’s very hard to find an ABA law school anywhere in the US that will offer you unrestricted acceptance (especially in the increasingly competitive environment).
Conditional Acceptance Programs
It may be possible to gain acceptance to a conditional program at an ABA law school (especially with scores in the low to mid 140s) but even that has its problems. You may get yourself into Appalachia or somewhere to try the conditional course, and then they may only offer acceptance to 2 of the 100 participants. The problem is that once you are unsuccessful in gaining acceptance through a conditional admission program, other law schools will be hard pressed to find a reason to give you a chance at their own school, even with a slightly improved LSAT score.
Re-Taking the LSAT
If you haven’t exhausted your opportunities to take the LSAT, then take it again. However, you must prepare differently than you did before. And don’t rush the process; it’s too late for October. Wait until December. Make improving your score your focus; without it, the world’s best personal statement, most impressive resume, and illuminating letters of recommendation won’t make a bit of difference.
Those of you who know me know that I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I will always give my honest opinion.
If you’re concerned about your Low LSAT or Low GPA, you can contact me to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your options.