If you took the July 2019 LSAT, you have received your LSAT score and may currently be contemplating your next step. As always, some people are pleased, some are disappointed, and some have mixed emotions after receiving their LSAT score. 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 numerous times (although it may start to look a little awkward if you take it more than three times). Additional LSATs in 2019 will be offered on September 21 (although it likely will be too late to enroll), October 28 and November 25. In 2020, there will be options almost every month. The good news (and it’s very good news) is that law schools almost always focus on your highest LSAT score, so preparing for and retaking the LSAT likely makes sense.
4. If you do plan to retake 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), you may want to give some thought to doing so.
5. Whichever route you go, don’t let yourself get discouraged – instead, think about what to do next time.
Questions? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.