LSAT score and determining which year to apply

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kemmek
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LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby kemmek » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:56 am

I'm trying to decide whether to apply to law schools this year, or if I should wait and apply next year. I have a 3.92 from HYPSM and a few years of work experience. I took the LSAT in December, and I'm awaiting my score. My practice test average was a 177, but my guess is that I scored significantly lower than that on the actual test (maybe low 170s). I'd prefer to start school next fall, but I know there's a disadvantage in applying later in the cycle. What LSAT score do you think I'd need in order to get accepted to a T14 school if I apply in January? My top choices are Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, University of Chicago, and Northwestern.

Thanks!

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby ConfidenceMan2 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:04 am

What are you expecting to come out of this thread? You have a fantastic GPA and apparently you'll likely have a great LSAT. But you don't have an LSAT score, so your current chance of admission is 0.

Misleading title thread, considering "LSAT score" is exactly what you don't have, and what makes this thread hypothetical and, sorry to say, useless. Apply when you can and if you don't like what happens retake and reapply next year or whatever.

http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby JDizzle2015 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:46 pm

With those numbers, apply this year to HYS and maybe CCN if you choose to (or get in the low 170s on your LSAT). Good luck.

Also, what's HYPSM? I'm guessing S is for Stanford... M... MIT? Never seen it written out like this before though.

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby kemmek » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:48 am

Thanks. From the admission decision timeline graphs and reading through threads here, I had the impression that there was a significant disadvantage to applying after December, so I guess I'm trying to figure out what score I'd need to offset the "penalty" of applying in January (especially since I'm guessing my score will be near or below the median at my target schools). I agree that I'm just talking in hypotheticals at this point, but I was planning to use my score to determine if I apply this year or wait, and I kind of wanted to make up my mind before getting my score about what my cut-off for applying would be. Obviously, the answer isn't clear-cut, but I was just curious to see what others think.

And yes, M is for MIT... I remember seeing that acronym back when I was applying to college, but I'm not sure if it is still (or ever was) commonly used!

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby JDizzle2015 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:28 pm

To be frank, it is going to hurt your chances to apply after Dec scores come back for this cycle. Is it worth waiting another year? Well, that depends on your individual situation/preferences. You have amazing credentials, imo, but you may very well underperform your numbers at the schools you're targeting considering they have their pick of the top of the top when it comes to applicants.

I have no quantifiable evidence to back this up but I would only be comfortable applying this cycle if your LSAT puts you more than two rows of green away from red on both axes on LSN eg 176+ for HLS.

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby justinp » Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:54 pm

kemmek wrote:I'm trying to decide whether to apply to law schools this year, or if I should wait and apply next year. I have a 3.92 from HYPSM and a few years of work experience. I took the LSAT in December, and I'm awaiting my score. My practice test average was a 177, but my guess is that I scored significantly lower than that on the actual test (maybe low 170s). I'd prefer to start school next fall, but I know there's a disadvantage in applying later in the cycle. What LSAT score do you think I'd need in order to get accepted to a T14 school if I apply in January? My top choices are Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, University of Chicago, and Northwestern.

Thanks!


HYPSM = he/she goes to MIT.

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby 20130312 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:01 pm

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=174268

InGoodFaith wrote:Apply now, see what you get. If you don't like it, there's always next cycle.

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby pupshaw » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:20 pm

justinp wrote:
kemmek wrote:I'm trying to decide whether to apply to law schools this year, or if I should wait and apply next year. I have a 3.92 from HYPSM and a few years of work experience. I took the LSAT in December, and I'm awaiting my score. My practice test average was a 177, but my guess is that I scored significantly lower than that on the actual test (maybe low 170s). I'd prefer to start school next fall, but I know there's a disadvantage in applying later in the cycle. What LSAT score do you think I'd need in order to get accepted to a T14 school if I apply in January? My top choices are Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, University of Chicago, and Northwestern.

Thanks!


HYPSM = he/she goes to MIT.


Entire post is an egregious MIT troll attempt. :)

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Re: LSAT score and determining which year to apply

Postby kemmek » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:00 am

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