Should You Re-Take the LSAT
Ok, LSAT scores are out.
So, you’re either ready to go ahead and put together your schools list and apply to law schools or else you’re agonizing about the pros and cons of re-taking the exam in December. (or both!) I’m happy to field your questions over the phone.
I know what you’re worried about:
1. You’re concerned about rolling admissions and taking advantage of applying early.
2. You’re concerned about the likelihood of actually improving your score enough to make it worthwhile.
3. You don’t know which schools will average multiple scores and which rely on the higher score.
4. You don’t know how to explain away this score in an addendum.
5. You’re freaked out about spending more time and money on this #@@!*&$^@ing test.
So, what advice is the wise “LawSchoolExpert” lady going to give you tonight?
First, relax. You’re exhausted from the anticipation and anxiety. Your score might look better to you in the morning.
Some peppy news:
1. I had an a client who re-took the LSAT in December when his original score was a 167, got a 171 and is now at NYU Law School.
2. I had a client last year who jumped from a 157 to a 164 to a 173, and also plenty of happy clients with even lower LSAT scores.
Some realistic news:
I had a client last year whom I thought should not retake the LSAT but she insisted and got the exact same score as her original. She is at a Top 20 law school, by the way, despite her LSAT being way below its 25th percentile.
What does this tell you? It means you have to know yourself. You have to analyze the likelihood of having a different (and better) result. And you are way too exhausted to make that call tonight, so get some rest and call me in the morning. I’ll be here.
Ann Levine is the author of the best selling law school admission guide book: The Law School Admission Game and made admissions decisions at two ABA-approved law schools. In 2004 she founded Law School Expert and has helped thousands of applicants navigate the tough process to get into law school.
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