If you took the December 2017 LSAT, you should receive your LSAT score today. As always, some people are pleased, some are disappointed, and some have mixed emotions. Here are my suggestions for all of you:
1. If you are happy with your LSAT score, congratulations! Remember that law schools remain eager to get students these days – so you may want to consider applying to law schools that are more competitive than you previously had planned. All of that depends upon your LSAT score, undergraduate gpa and “soft factors,” of course.
2. If you have mixed feelings, remember to focus on your ultimate goal: getting into a law school that you like. If your score is good enough to do that, you should be happy about that. See below, though, for some thoughts on retaking the LSAT.
3. If you are disappointed (don’t be alarmed – many people are), remember that you now can retake the LSAT as many times as you want (although it may start to look a little awkward if you take it more than three times). If it’s important for you to begin law school in 2018, you can still take the February 2018 LSAT – most law schools will accept that score, although you will be late in the application cycle.
4. If you are open to postponing law school until Fall 2019, you have a lot more flexibility when it comes to retaking the LSAT. You can retake the LSAT in June 2018 or September 2018 (or both), and be in a position to apply for “early enrollment” for law school in Fall 2019. The extra time to prepare may also help improve your LSAT score significantly.
5. If you plan on retaking the LSAT, the bigger issue is how to do better next time. You may simply have gotten unlucky. You may want to review your old work to see areas where you are struggling. If you did not take a course (or want to take a course again), and feel you would benefit from the guidance of an effective “coach,” you may want to give some thought to doing so. Here is my blog discussing the average results obtained by students engaging in different forms of LSAT Prep, based on a study done by the LSAC.
6. Whichever route you go, don’t let yourself get discouraged – instead, think about what to do next time. Remember, the (very) good news is that almost all law schools focus on your highest LSAT score, so taking it again may have minimal adverse consequences!
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