A reader of my book sent me this great question today:
I am currently reading your book The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert in preparation for my upcoming application process. In Chapter 3, you discuss the best time to apply to law schools. While I understand the importance of applying early, say October, I have a “special situation.” Because I did not feel fully prepared for the September LSAT, I’m taking it in December (December 5th). Should I send in my applications prior to this date or wait until I receive my score? The applications would be sent in by the end of December regardless.
Any suggestions you offer will be much appreciated! Your book and blog have proved very helpful already.
My response to C is as follows:
This depends on whether you know you’re applying to certain schools no matter what – for example, if there’s only 1 law school near you and you’re unable to move to a new location for law school or whether you are building a schools list with more flexibility than that. For most people, I advise that you wait for the score to choose where to apply because it’s difficult to know where you might be competitive.
You can still create your personal statement, resume, and make sure your letters of rec are underway. Just hold off on submitting applications until you have your score at the end of December.
I hope that helps.