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Mediocre LSAT Score? You’ve Still Got Options

If you’re disappointed with your LSAT score, don’t fret. It’s not the end of the world.

You can still get into law school. You can still get into your top choice. And, if you rethink your application strategy, you may still be able to get into your top choice with a scholarship.

Here are three ways to minimize the impact of a mediocre LSAT score.

Retake it. The nice thing about the LSAT is that you can take it four times a year–in October, December, February and June. So if you don’t do well the first time, you can retake it.

Chances are you’ll do better, too. You already know the test structure. You’ve been in the pressure-cooker environment. And now you have an opportunity to better prepare yourself.

Figure out which areas you struggled with the first time, and focus your test preparation on those areas. Hire a law school tutor. And go into the test with a higher level of confidence.

Re-brand yourself. Law schools get applications from students who’ve done really well on the LSAT, and they get applications from students who haven’t done so well. Most of the students who do really well assume they’ll get in, and many do.

What’s surprising is that law schools frequently deny some students with high scores in favor of some who haven’t done so well but have interesting life experience, stories or ambitions.

Ramp up your efforts to demonstrate why you’re more than a test score. Put passion into your personal statement. Volunteer at a non-profit organization. Demonstrate that you can bring a unique perspective to classroom discussions.

Law schools embrace diversity for two reasons. First, diversity allows for the law to be examined from a variety of perspectives, which is how it’s practiced in the real world–and preparing students from the real world is all the rage in law schools these days. Second, it matters to rankings. And make no mistake about it, rankings matter to law schools.

Build connections. No graduate school makes decisions entirely on statistics. Relationships matter. If you really want to get into a particular school, take a year off and start building connections at that school.

Put yourself in a position to meet professors, alumni and even the admissions staff. Get to know them. Impress them. And then reapply. Chances are good your efforts will be rewarded with admission and maybe a scholarship.


About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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