If you took the June 2017 LSAT, you should have received your LSAT score this week. 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 are 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). The great thing about taking the June LSAT is you have plenty of opportunities still available, including retaking the LSAT in September 2017, December 2017 and/or February 2018.
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. If you did not take a course (or want to take a course again), you may want to give some thought to doing so. Some students attempt the self-study route. Personally, I’m a big believer in the value of a solid LSAT Prep course and having an expert guide you through the process, but that is a decision that you need to make for yourself.
5. 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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