Retaking The LSAT? Read This
You want to improve your LSAT score, but you’re worried that re-taking the exam may raise questions among admissions committees.
Spivey Consulting recently discussed the June waitlists and what implications retaking the LSAT can and can’t have.
“By the time they’ve signed up for a June retake, most applicants will have put a deposit down at a school,” according to Spivey Consulting. “Naturally this tactic comes with questions from applicants concerned about the implications for their existing options.”
WILL SCHOOLS KNOW?
If you’ve sent in deposits and are retaking the LSAT, according to Spivey Consulting, schools will know that you’ve registered for the exam.
“Law schools have the ability to run reports showing them who among their deposited admits are signed up for a new LSAT,” according to Spivey.
However, it will depend on a school-to-school basis how quickly they will notice that you’ve registered for the LSAT.
While this may cause concern among applicants, it isn’t necessarily something to worry about.
“No law school will revoke either your admission or scholarship offer if they find out you’re signed up for the June (or any other) LSAT administration,” Spivey says.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T WORRY
Retaking the LSAT shouldn’t be a cause for worry.
For many schools, retaking the LSAT won’t affect a decision.
According to Spivey, there are two main reasons why school’s won’t revoke a decision over a retake.
“The first is that admissions departments are filled with normal, empathetic people who know that this process is tough and stressful,” Spivey writes. “They understand that applicants need to take action on their own behalf to improve their profile and maximize their chances for an ideal outcome. The LSAT is the most obvious and common way to do that.”
Another reason they won’t revoke your decision? It’s bad PR.
“Can you imagine the backlash against a school that dropped someone for retaking the LSAT?” Spivey writes. “Law schools hate negative publicity, and that sort of story would be pasted on the front page of Above the Law and other sites within the day. The resulting phone call from the Dean of the law school to the head of admissions would be… unpleasant.”
Regardless, if you’re looking to improve your LSAT, you should retake the exam.
“At the end of the day, an LSAT score above the range a school is looking for will give you a much greater admissions advantage than submitting your app early in the process,” Dave Killoran, of Power Score, writes. “Don’t get me wrong, applying early also helps—but not as much as a killer LSAT score.”
Sources: Spivey Consulting, Power Score