Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
jwong01
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:06 pm

Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby jwong01 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:53 pm

Hey guys, so I'm a borderline case for some of the T14 schools. I have a 169 LSAT and a 3.8 GPA; which may or may not be able to get me into schools like UPenn.

I'm going to have my apps out by this weekend, and I was wondering if it's advantageous for me to alert law schools that I'm retaking the LSAT in December?

The reason why I ask is because while I think I can score higher, I'm afraid schools like UPenn will hold off on offering me admission simply because they know I'm going to be retaking. I guess I'm just worried of messing up, scoring worse than my 169, and then having schools that might have accepted me based off of my 169 wait for my December scores, and then decide to reject me instead.

Thanks for the advice!

User avatar
rinkrat19
Posts: 13914
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:35 am

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:58 pm

the applications ask whether you'll be taking a future LSAT. You will, obviously, say yes, you will be taking December. The schools will see this.

User avatar
bigtexmex
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:42 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby bigtexmex » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:06 pm

Many schools will not make a decision if you are taking the December LSAT until after your score is in. If, however, you want them to review it now, you can ask them to do so.

User avatar
SilverE2
Posts: 931
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:04 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby SilverE2 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:10 pm

Schools will find out anyway.

User avatar
mikeylikesit
Posts: 126
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:17 am

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby mikeylikesit » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:16 pm

bigtexmex wrote:Many schools will not make a decision if you are taking the December LSAT until after your score is in. If, however, you want them to review it now, you can ask them to do so.


Is there any point to submitting early then, if you're retaking in December?

User avatar
bigtexmex
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:42 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby bigtexmex » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:21 pm

mikeylikesit wrote:
bigtexmex wrote:Many schools will not make a decision if you are taking the December LSAT until after your score is in. If, however, you want them to review it now, you can ask them to do so.


Is there any point to submitting early then, if you're retaking in December?

So that the application is in. Get it out of the way early.

skitlets
Posts: 103
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:10 am

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby skitlets » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:03 pm

If you plan on retaking but want a school to review your application before hand, do you only get one chance? Meaning if you are rejected, they won't admit you in the same cycle even with an improved score.

One more question. Let's say a school is using rolling admissions and you want your app in early but still plan on retaking. If they accept you before the 2nd score comes in, can you use the 2nd score to determine financial aid?

Thanks!

HellOnHeels
Posts: 548
Joined: Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:19 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby HellOnHeels » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:12 pm

Bringing back a thread a few weeks old, but it's relevant and I have a question.

I'm retaking the lsat in Dec. I went on and started applying to schools to get them finished, and I was under the assumption schools would wait until the Dec score to make a decision. The fact I'm taking the Dec. lsat was on the application, and most of my apps are sitting at "Incomplete" or "Hold-LSAT".

However, I had an application to a school I'd like to go to go complete today. I'm pretty sure my numbers aren't good enough. Should I be worried? Is it necessary to call them, and request they not evaluate my app yet?

User avatar
SilverE2
Posts: 931
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:04 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby SilverE2 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:16 pm

stephinmd wrote:Bringing back a thread a few weeks old, but it's relevant and I have a question.

I'm retaking the lsat in Dec. I went on and started applying to schools to get them finished, and I was under the assumption schools would wait until the Dec score to make a decision. The fact I'm taking the Dec. lsat was on the application, and most of my apps are sitting at "Incomplete" or "Hold-LSAT".

However, I had an application to a school I'd like to go to go complete today. I'm pretty sure my numbers aren't good enough. Should I be worried? Is it necessary to call them, and request they not evaluate my app yet?


I would. When I was applying, the majority of schools evaluated my app WITHOUT the retake, and asked that I notify them if I would like them to hold. Very few schools put a hold on my apps pre-retake without me asking.

CanadianWolf
Posts: 10439
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:54 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:29 pm

Your 169/3.8 should get you admitted to Penn. If Penn is your first choice, then apply ED. This is expected to be a down year for applications.

User avatar
citygirl000
Posts: 170
Joined: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:26 pm

Re: Alert schools that I'm retaking LSAT?

Postby citygirl000 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:13 pm

...




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: adamcohen3 and 3 guests