October LSAT scores are releasing and students are putting finishing touches on applications before deadlines approach. The LSAT is not the sole decision-maker for admissions committees as they also rely greatly on GPA and other qualitative areas (personal statement, recommendation letters, essays, etc.), but the LSAT score is a significant component. But, how will your LSAT score affect your opportunities for admission?
Low Scores: There is a lot to think about if you received a low score. You can study harder and take the exam again (if there is time before applications are due). This may be worthwhile if you have an amazing GPA and extraordinary qualitative factors. If you choose this option, you should remember that the scores will be averaged and you may have to perform significantly better in order to improve your odds. Otherwise, you may want to rethink attending law school. Now is a good time to duck out rather than struggling through classes or having to attend a low-tiered school when the outcome can leave you jobless and with a large debt obligation.
Average Scores: If your score is an average score, choosing a school will be easier. It’s important to narrow the amount of schools you apply to because the application fees quickly add up. Take the time to pick safety schools (limit this list), target schools (where most of your applications should be sent), and hopeful schools (limit this as well). Use websites such as LSAC.org and U.S. News and World Report to help you in determining these categories. It may not be worthwhile, financially speaking, to retake the test to bump up your score. If possible, spend more time boosting your GPA and polishing your other application requirements, which are free or less expensive options to improve your odds.
High Scores: Congratulations! If you received a high score on your LSAT exam, you have already taken massive steps toward more job options and less debt down the road. Aim for the top-tiered schools, especially the ones reporting high employment rates. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can to decrease your reliance on student loans and to limit your debt burden.