December LSAT paranoia

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Bushido317
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December LSAT paranoia

Postby Bushido317 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:35 am

Hey,

So.. I'm registered to take the 2012 December LSAT and I'm sort of freaking out just because of a blog post written on Blueprint's 'Most Strongly Supported' blog site. It was basically talking about how those of us applying after the December LSAT will be considered late and will be at a huge disadvantage...

I mean, really? I get that law schools are on a rolling admissions basis and most application deadlines are in March, but.. I didn't think it would be THAT serious.

Any insight?

Thanks!

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Re: December LSAT paranoia

Postby 2014 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:45 pm

It's late but if this is a retake a better score by even 2-3 points will outweigh the harm done from being late.

If you aren't happy with your results just wait a year and reapply.

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Re: December LSAT paranoia

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:16 pm

I mean, really? I get that law schools are on a rolling admissions basis and most application deadlines are in March, but.. I didn't think it would be THAT serious.


It usually does make a big difference. You can search LSN and the probability calculators based on when applications were submitted. The later the app was sent in, the lower the chances of acceptance. All other things being equal (numbers), Oct/Nov apps do significantly better than Jan/Feb apps. This is because by the time the admissions people see the applications sent in January, they've already made several rounds of acceptances and have likely filled much of the class already, increasing the competition for the remaining spots.

However, with the decline in applicants last cycle was very different. In fact, many schools (T14 included) were still accepting applications months after their "deadlines" and were scrambling to fill their classes. Lots of waitlist activity, scholarships, July-August acceptances, etc.

With this cycle even more down than the last, I would expect the negative impact of a "late" application to be quite diminished. This having been said, earlier is still always better. See how your cycle goes and if your not satisfied, apply first thing next fall.

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Re: December LSAT paranoia

Postby bp shinners » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:17 pm

2014 wrote:It's late but if this is a retake a better score by even 2-3 points will outweigh the harm done from being late.

If you aren't happy with your results just wait a year and reapply.


Chances are that I'm the writer of the original article, and I agree with this sentiment, in part.

If you apply this cycle and don't get admitted with the new score AND nothing changes between now and next cycle, it will be more difficult to get in. However, 2-3 points makes up for the later application. If you're borderline now, those 2-3 points in a month will be better than applying now. However, if those 2-3 points bring you up to borderline for a school, you might want to consider waiting a year to apply, as applying late and with borderline numbers is a bad combo.

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Re: December LSAT paranoia

Postby Lawquacious » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:20 pm

Bushido317 wrote:Hey,

So.. I'm registered to take the 2012 December LSAT and I'm sort of freaking out just because of a blog post written on Blueprint's 'Most Strongly Supported' blog site. It was basically talking about how those of us applying after the December LSAT will be considered late and will be at a huge disadvantage...

I mean, really? I get that law schools are on a rolling admissions basis and most application deadlines are in March, but.. I didn't think it would be THAT serious.

Any insight?

Thanks!


Not a huge difference by any means IMO. At best a very small advantage. Higher score is higher score for school reporting purposes (and correlating boost in rankings).




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