BEST or AVERAGE

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palarmon
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BEST or AVERAGE

Postby palarmon » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:22 am

Ok this has been a big problem of mine of late, can someone off hand please tell me which top 20 or so law schools take the best score... I live in Texas and I know recently many law schools have been changing this policy from averaging lsat scores to taking the best one which UT Austin (my current school) now does. So do schools like NYU, Columbia, HYS, etc take the best? or Average? Any help on this would be deeply appreciated.

And my stats right now are this

3.8 GPA (Major Linguistics)
162 LSAT

so obviously the reason I ask is I am taking the LSAT again in June and need to know what's at stake. With what I have now... could I be considered competitive? I'm a junior.

Warmest,
Anthony

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deadpanic
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Re: BEST or AVERAGE

Postby deadpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:38 am

http://www.top-law-schools.com/retaking-the-lsat.html

Scroll down to the School Policies on Multiple LSATs section

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Anastasia Dee Dualla
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Re: BEST or AVERAGE

Postby Anastasia Dee Dualla » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:41 am

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Re: BEST or AVERAGE

Postby scribelaw » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:44 am

To be competitive at in the T-10, you're going to need at least an 8-point jump to 170. At that point, most schools will take the highest (some with an addendum). For example, NYU averages, but only when the difference is 6 or fewer.

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Re: BEST or AVERAGE

Postby CE2JD » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:49 am

scribelaw wrote:To be competitive at in the T-10, you're going to need at least an 8-point jump to 170. At that point, most schools will take the highest (some with an addendum). For example, NYU averages, but only when the difference is 6 or fewer.


False.

UVA accepts the highest score, at least when admitting people ED.

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Re: BEST or AVERAGE

Postby generals10 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:30 pm

That list is a good starting point, but some of it is outdated (e.g. Boalt now takes highest). Additionally, I doubt that even many of the schools that claim to average do so with much consistency anymore--it just doesn't make that much sense from a competitiveness standpoint. If you go up 2, 3, 4 points, probably. But I think for schools outside of HYS, any significant bump (say 5 or more points) is going to more or less stand on its own. Even with HYS, I think a lower first score probably weakens your application, but from personal experience, I don't think they're only giving credit for half of a double-digit bump.




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