Only your highest LSAT score counts

It's amazing how persistent bad information can be. Hardly a week goes by where I don't get an email like the following:

I've heard from other students that if you take the LSAT more than twice, law schools won't consider you a candidate. Is that true? I've heard from others that they average both of your scores.

Maybe this was true in the past, but it has NOT been true as long as I've been teaching LSAT (that is, since 2007.) Most schools explicitly say "we only consider your highest LSAT score." UC Hastings, here in San Francisco, is an example of that. Call them up and ask them if you're not sure; they'll say the exact same thing.

But even the fancy top-14 schools, despite what they might say publicly, only care about your highest score (and certainly don't auto-disqualify anybody with multiple scores on record.) Let me put it to you this way: Last cycle, I had a student get into Harvard who took the LSAT three times. I also had a student get into Stanford who took the LSAT three times. Would you be happy with Harvard or Stanford? Yes? Then taking the test multiple times is perfectly OK.

Now, I'm not telling you that you should take the test multiple times. But I am telling you 1) that you're allowed to take the test multiple times (three times in any two-year period) and 2) you won't be discriminated against if you do, and 3) your competition is taking the test multiple times (if necessary) and so should you (if necessary.)

Baseball analogy time? You get three strikes in baseball. It would be stupid to step to the plate unprepared, because if you do, you're gonna burn through all of those strikes pretty quickly. When you see your first pitch, you want to be fully prepared. That is, you've done tons of practice tests, you've studied with a professional, you've improved your score on your practice tests to a point where you'd be fully happy with that same score on the actual test... you're ready for that first pitch. You swing and... home run? If so, fantastic. You're done.

But sometimes, even when you're ready, you might swing and miss on that first pitch. So what happens next? Do you sulk back to the dugout, maybe retire from baseball forever? Of course not. You swing again. Home run? Maybe! But even if you miss your second time, you still have one final chance.

By all means, I want you to hope for the best, and prepare for the best... but I also want you to be realistic and plan for the worst. For most students, this means putting THREE test dates on their calendar at the beginning of their LSAT studies. Hopefully you won't need all three. But you might, and it would be foolish to let one bad day determine the course of your entire future.

Call me! 415-518-0630. I'm here to help.