anewaphorist wrote:Anyone think UChi is being particularly unkind to people who have taken the LSAT more than once? Unkind in this case could simply be the practice of strictly averaging an applicant's LSAT scores. Most of the T14 just look at the best score, but I wonder if certain people aren't getting love from Chicago because the adcom is actually averaging their scores...
AiC, this doesn't seem to be your problem, but it might go a way towards explaining some of the more inexplicable WLs.
I think there is every reason to believe this plays an important role in the case of a low UGPA. The adcoms are going to be more sceptical than for someone with a strong UG institution and GPA, who got an oddly low first LSAT based on all other indicators.
Eta: not that they will strictly avg in either case, but just that it will come more into play with a weakwer Gpa as a balancing factor
Quoted from their site:
"We will review all LSAT scores that you have received. In accordance with the American Bar Association and LSAC policies, we will focus on the highest LSAT score and report the highest score.
Any large differences (a seven or eight point jump) between LSAT scores should be explained in an addendum attached to your application and be honest about the discrepancy in your scores. We simply want to know why one score is a better predictor of your ability than another.
We read the writing sample and you should take it seriously. Remember that you are applying for a professional program and it reflects very poorly on an applicant's judgment when we see a writing sample with a silly or unprofessional comment in it (this really happens)."
I do think it'll have some bearing on your application though (and mine as I took 2) since if they have someone with a similar case but who only took the LSAT once and got your high score, wouldn't you take the single score test taker? But I don't think they straight out average the score.