If you took the January 2019 LSAT, you should have received 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! Even though law school applications are up notably this year, 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).
4. 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, and continue taking practice exams. 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 LSAT coach, you may want to give some thought to doing so. Extensive studies have shown that students taking a commercial LSAT Prep course do better on average than students who rely upon self-study or University-based LSAT Prep courses – however, there are big differences in the quality of different courses and different LSAT Prep instructors.
5. In my opinion, if you are not satisfied with your current LSAT score(s), and don’t feel that you have enough time to see meaningful improvement by the March 2019 LSAT, you should (1) consider delaying law school until Fall 2020 (or prepping for the June LSAT and applying to law schools that will allow a late application for Fall 2019), (2) give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the LSAT a second (or third) time, and (3) take the June 2019 LSAT, or a later one. But everyone’s situation is different – if you have questions, please feel free to let me know.
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 the LSAT again may have minimal adverse consequences!
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