The nonsense about applying early, which I’ve always said is better than applying later, is up for discussion on TLS.
Here are the facts:
#1: Straight up – applying earlier is better ASSUMING you would have the same #s applying later.
#2: Therefore, if you would have a better LSAT score by waiting for the December LSAT, then wait to apply.
#3: The importance of applying early was definitely diminished in the Fall 2013 cycle, as evidenced by the fact that I had someone with a 3.4 and 163 who applied to a Top 20 law school in June and got in off the waiting list. That never would’ve happened in 2010! (And my clients who applied in December got into the same schools as people with similar numbers who applied in October).
I’m happy to answer questions about this. Because I have so many examples of people who were successful with December LSAT scores in 2013 – getting into huge reach schools – I included this as a significant change in the 2013 version of “The Law School Admission Game”. As stated in my post “Three Law School Admission Myths Debunked” – I felt differently at the height of applications in 2009, but times change and so do strategies….