If you took the November 2018 LSAT, you should be receiving 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 are intending to begin law school in Fall 2019, you can retake the LSAT in January 2019. Some law schools (but definitely not all) will allow a March 2019 LSAT score, and occasionally a school may even allow for a June 2019 LSAT. You will be late in the cycle, even if you take the January 2019 LSAT, but that may not be too big a deal if your LSAT score and grades are solid for the school(s) you are applying to.
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, 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.
6. 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 January 2019 LSAT, you should (1) give serious consideration to delaying law school until Fall 2020, (2) givE yourself plenty of time to prepare for the LSAT a second (or third) time, and (3) apply for “early enrollment” in Fall 2020. 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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