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June 18, 2005

Request: What's the Effect of Multiple LSATs?

A reader writes:

How much are my chances going to be hurt by taking the LSAT twice? I did not do well the first time, and will be retaking it to hopefully get a better score.

This seems like one of those admissions questions that really can only be answered accurately by the members of the admissions committees at the schools to which you are applying. However, what I've heard and what makes sense to me is that 2-3 LSATs aren't that big a deal—especially when you show improvement. Perhaps you're right that a score of X won't get as much credit if you got it on your second or third try as if you got it on your first, but it's still an X and shows you're capable of that score.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? Did you take the LSAT more than once, and if so, do you have any idea how that affected your application experience?

Posted by mowabb at June 18, 2005 02:30 PM

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Some schools average your scores - it's might be good to check with the schools you are applying to to see how they handle more than one score.

Posted by: stare decisis at June 18, 2005 04:42 PM

From what I've heard, it depends on the law school, but most will take the higher score if the improvement is something like 10 points or more.

Also, check this out:

http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/multiple_lsat.php

Posted by: at June 28, 2005 04:45 AM