LSAT score on 1L resume?

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kTXe
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LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby kTXe » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:45 pm

As a 1L, my legal experience is virtually nil, and I have yet to get super-involved in any organizations, etc. My prior experience to law school consisted of waiting tables, and I didn't perform particularly well in undergrad. Basically, my resume is lookin' rough.

I did perform OK in my first semester, finishing in the top 25%.

My question boils down to this: is it inappropriate/worthless to include my LSAT score, at least on my 1L resume? I got a 171, and am convinced that was the only reason I managed to get myself into a decent law school. I know most employers will say that the score is meaningless now, but considering my lack of other resume-quality material, including the score couldn't hurt, right?

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby johansantana21 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:46 pm

LOL

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby fatduck » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:48 pm

i swear february must be lawtism awareness month

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby 20130312 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:49 pm

Face, meet palm.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby acrossthelake » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:52 pm

kTXe wrote:As a 1L, my legal experience is virtually nil, and I have yet to get super-involved in any organizations, etc. My prior experience to law school consisted of waiting tables, and I didn't perform particularly well in undergrad. Basically, my resume is lookin' rough.

I did perform OK in my first semester, finishing in the top 25%.

My question boils down to this: is it inappropriate/worthless to include my LSAT score, at least on my 1L resume? I got a 171, and am convinced that was the only reason I managed to get myself into a decent law school. I know most employers will say that the score is meaningless now, but considering my lack of other resume-quality material, including the score couldn't hurt, right?


Okay I'll spell it out.

1) Your LSAT score is only meaningful in terms of predicting your 1L grades. They have your 1L grades. It is worthless.
2) It will hurt, because it will look ridiculous.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby TatteredDignity » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:52 pm

Really bad idea.

1) No one does this, and you're going to stand out - but not in the good way. In the "I'm a douche who thinks the LSAT still matters" way.

2) What, if anything, are you trying to signal by presenting your score? That you're smart, right? Well, potential employers view the school to which you were admitted as a proxy for your intelligence. Are there lots of people with much lower scores who weren't slackers in UG who have been admitted to your school? Of course. But that's the way it goes.

Your LSAT score has run its course, unless you stumble upon whatever random K&L Gates office it is that asks for it.

ETA: Yeah, what she said.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby 20130312 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:53 pm

Put the waiting tables stuff on your resume though. In all seriousness, it shows some amount of work ethic, especially if it was during undergrad.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby kTXe » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:55 pm

Thanks to those who actually provided some real answers.

Considering this exact question is addressed on a FAQ from the Yale CSO in 2011, it didn't seem like a completely ridiculous question to me.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby BeenDidThat » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:57 pm

kTXe wrote:Thanks to those who actually provided some real answers.

Considering this exact question is addressed on a FAQ from the Yale CSO in 2011, it didn't seem like a completely ridiculous question to me.


If you knew some Yalies, you'd understand why they had to address it.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby quiver » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:02 pm

I personally agree with everything said in this thread. However there are judges that ask to include an LSAT score when applying for clerkships. What's up with that?

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby kwais » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:04 pm

Maybe as a compromise, print it on paper that has your LSAT score as a watermark. Or get it airbrushed on your interview tie. There is a kiosk at the mall that can do this

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby kTXe » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:17 pm

kwais wrote:Maybe as a compromise, print it on paper that has your LSAT score as a watermark. Or get it airbrushed on your interview tie. There is a kiosk at the mall that can do this

Might be overkill. I already have it tattooed across the knuckles on my right hand (ending with an exclamation point for my pointer finger, of course).

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:23 pm

I'm assuming you want to put it on there because you go to a school where someone with a 171 lsat is an outlier, because otherwise a high score would be easily inferred. So if you put it on there, the first thing on anyone's mind who reads it is: "why is someone with a 171 lsat only in the top 25% of the class?" (it makes you look like you're not a hard worker) And it looks douchey..

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:35 pm

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby vanwinkle » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:37 pm

kTXe wrote:Thanks to those who actually provided some real answers.

Considering this exact question is addressed on a FAQ from the Yale CSO in 2011, it didn't seem like a completely ridiculous question to me.

Yeah, well, that's Yale. You can put almost anything on your resume there, since employers stop reading at "Yale".

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby lsatcrazy » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:38 pm

Only if you also include your picture on the top right corner.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby 20130312 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:43 pm

lsatcrazy wrote:Only if you also include your picture on the top right corner.


Holding up your LSAC score report with a thumbs up and a shit eating grin.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby BEAST_mode » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:44 pm

I really needed this today. Many thanks.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby cantaboot » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:45 pm

BeenDidThat wrote:
kTXe wrote:Thanks to those who actually provided some real answers.

Considering this exact question is addressed on a FAQ from the Yale CSO in 2011, it didn't seem like a completely ridiculous question to me.


If you knew some Yalies, you'd understand why they had to address it.


are they that bad?
I thought the truly intelligent people are not that insufferable. It's the strivers of average or above average intelligence who are most insufferable.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby Guchster » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:50 pm

fixed. see below
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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby Guchster » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:53 pm

kwais wrote:Maybe as a compromise, print it on paper that has your LSAT score as a watermark. Or get it airbrushed on your interview tie. There is a kiosk at the mall that can do this


These are some great ideas. OP, I wouldn't listen to the haterz in this thread. While putting on your resume may be a little forward, I'd personally try to drop subtle hints during the interview, like, "It feels like its 171 degrees outside! Like my LSAT score" or "there are as many jobs out there that want me as points on my LSAT, 171, btdubbs, but I'll deign to accept this one"

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby anna11 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:00 pm

Or you could be like this guy who lists his LSAT score on his LinkedIn page despite graduating from law school three years ago.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-ric ... 17/762/79a

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby cantaboot » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:07 pm

sometimes I feel ashamed when I read such resumes that smack of such douchiness. ashamed of my being in this great profession.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby cantaboot » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:08 pm

and apparently this guy not only did not make law review, but also did not graduate with honors of any kind.

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Re: LSAT score on 1L resume?

Postby rad lulz » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:54 pm

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