scribelaw wrote:I don't think this is really true. If they want you, they'll take the higher score. I know at least one person at HLS who would not have gotten in if they had averaged.
I've never really understood the debates about whether schools "average" LSAT scores. For those who took the LSAT multiple times, the average appears on the applicant's LSAC report. All schools see the average, and so all schools use it in that limited sense. The question is how much weight a school puts on the average score. As with all soft factors--and the average LSAT score is basically a soft factor--the answer is going to to depend on the biases of the adcomm who reads the application. At Harvard (and probably at Yale and Stanford as well), a low first (or second) LSAT score is definitely going to count against you, like any negative soft would.
I don't think this is really true. Some schools ignore the lower score completely and take the highest. If you have a good addendum, this is probably even more true.
Like with anything else, though, the question is one of degree. Even if a school looks at your average score, do they care enough to waitlist an otherwise qualified applicant? My guess is, at uber elite schools like Harvard, the answer depends on how much they like you otherwise...