Very Low LSAT scores?
This post was originally written in 2007 and I’m updating it instead of deleting it (June 18, 2019) for posterity’s sake and to make a point – things change. I have not seen students with scores in the low 140s be successful with admission to ABA approved law schools in quite a few years. When someone approaches me who has a very low LSAT score I always encourage them to spend their dollars on LSAT preparation/tutoring before admission consulting and to contact me again once they have achieved a higher score. Schools are not taking chances on people with very low LSAT scores because, statistically, these students do not perform well in law school. Law schools are being closed for taking students who have little chance of success – see Thomas Jefferson Law School.
See also: When is an LSAT Score Too Low?
Here is the original post:
While I don’t want to give false hope to those of you struggling with LSAT scores in the 130s and low 140s, I do want to give you a little encouragement. I’ve found that, if you have LSAT scores in the mid-140′s (or sometimes the low 140’s) or above, I have had success helping applicants fulfill their law school admission goals.
For example, one of my clients (141 = high score) has already been admitted to 2 ABA law schools and is on the wait list at a top 25 school. (She applied 2 years before with the same score and didn’t get in anywhere). I’m not kidding or lying, and she has not saved the universe or overcome paralysis. It is absolutely possible. Please read these posts from applicants with low LSAT scores who reached their law school goals. (CAUTION – this information is OLD. Really OLD. I haven’t seen this happen in a very long time now).
Another client with a 142 and an arrest record to explain was admitted to her first choice law school. Yet another, a nontraditional applicant with a 143, got into 5 ABA law schools at last count. And, if you need encouragement to retake the LSAT here are some examples to fuel the fire: W.H., a client, rose his score from a 142 to a 151. K.P. brought hers up from a 144 to a 150. (THIS is the part I want you to focus on – bringing your LSAT score up to the mid-range. Try to get above that bottom 30 percent to start to see success getting into law school. Here is the updated version of how many times you can take the LSAT as of July 2019).
What did these applicants do that made a difference? They made sure to give the law schools a lot of reasons why they are more than just their numbers. Their applications played to their strengths. None of these people are superheros. You could be one of them.