A. Nony Mouse wrote:vested wrote:deanmeeker wrote:AnonymousApplicant wrote:Hi,
I've read on one of Mr. Spivey's the question responses that the idea that it is somehow disadvantageous to take the Dec. LSAT is a myth. I just write to see if additional clarification on that can be given. Surely it is better to apply earlier rather than later but I'm simply trying to get a better understanding of what would distinguish my application to HYSCCN, which I'm considering submitting after taking the Dec. LSAT as opposed to the Oct. LSAT that I was originally signed up for, from the application of someone who took the LSAT in June or October and applied soon after getting their results. Any help will be appreciated.
Hi there. Happy to try to provide some additional information. Basically, we are in a market where the number of LSAT scorers in the 170+ range has dropped significantly (i.e., the range that is most competitive for the top 6 schools). Thus, if taking the December LSAT means you are more likely to get a higher score, and particularly one that is in the 170+ range, then it absolutely is more advantageous for you to apply later to these schools. Bottom line: better to submit a stronger application in December or January than a less strong one in September or October. The increase in score that you could gain by waiting and taking the December LSAT will outweigh the advantage of submitting an application two months earlier.
So is it "surely...better to apply earlier rather than later?" Yes, IF you can submit your very BEST application at that time. But if waiting a few more months means you can put together a stronger application (particularly one with a higher LSAT score), then you are better off waiting.
I may be missing something---but I'm still confused as to why applying early with a weaker LSAT score, and later following up to say "Hi I retook the LSAT and scored much higher; this new score best reflects my abilities, etc." would put anyone in a weaker position than waiting to apply with the higher score.
What if your weaker score gets you rejected?
True. (That seems so painfully obvious now, lol). I guess I was assuming you'd be a mildly competitive applicant to start with (ie near the medians), but that's not always the case and even so could lead to rejection.