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Law School 101 // Yelena answers – LSAT Scores

Welcome back LS 101er’s –

Yelena’s here to answer my question from Tuesday, “How do I know what LSAT score I need?  I know this is a burning question for all Law School Applicants.  I’m pretty sure its the most important thing when it comes to getting yourself into law school.

So here’s Yelena’s, from Lovely Thoughts, response:

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THE LSAT: Will I pass with a good enough score?

Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is the holy grail of law school admissions – it can either make or break your dreams of being a lawyer; really though – how well you do on your LSAT will determine the course of your legal career.

LSAT scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly to get your raw score (there is no penalty for incorrect answers), which is converted into the LSAT range of 120-180.  Most LSAT practice exams and study aids provide a conversion chart to help you figure out how well you’re doing.

Nationwide, the average score is 150. To determine what score you’ll need, visit the websites of some of the law schools you’re interested in and find the school’s incoming class fact sheet. This will give you the 25, 50 and 75 percentile GPAs and LSAT scores for the last incoming class.

Your LSAT score should fit within the 25-75 percent range for the law school of your choice in order to even be considered for admission. But, since almost all law school scholarships are merit-based, if your LSAT score is in the 75 percentile or above, your chances to get scholarships (usually they’re incredibly competitive since there aren’t many) greatly increase!

If you’re aiming at the Ivy Leagues, you’ll need a score in the 170’s, but most tier-two schools accept scores in the 150’s to 160’s. Some smaller schools will go lower than 150, but that is very rare.

While doing practice exams, pick a range of scores that you’re aiming for within 5 points, based on the research you did on your dream schools. For example, a good range would be 158-163. A score within this range will get you through the door of most tier-two law schools in the United States.

Even if your practice scores usually end up within your preferred range, note that some studies show your actual score will usually be a few points lower than your high practice scores, especially if you’re not comfortable with timed exams or just have the exam jitters the day of.

Personally, I took the LSAT twice because the first time I scored lower than my preferred range. Although there is no rule against taking the LSAT twice, some schools will average your LSAT scores, which may actually make your score worse if you don’t improve with the second exam.

What if your LSAT score is still lower than you need to get into Law School X? In these cases, you can use your GPA, if it’s 3.5 or above, to balance out your application, but let’s save that for a future discussion – the application itself is really an art in itself!

– Yelena 

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So there you have it. To know what score I need to set a goal of reaching, I need to do some research on the schools I am wanting to apply too.

What is your LSAT score goal?

Tell us what your goal is and how you are doing on your practice exams. Let us be your virtual cheer leaders. 

Tune in to  LMLAIKI next week to hear about each of our processes of choosing which Law Schools to apply too.

Now before we sign out of Law School 101 this week, Yelena and I want to announce our newest adventure.

Today we are proud to launch: Law School 101. 

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We’ve created a community where you can come share your stories (triumphs and struggles), ideas, advice and questions. Everything Law School related!

Join us on facebook as part of our Law School 101 . Along side our Law School 101 blog series we have created this community in the hopes to contact with other Law school individuals. We want to contact with law school applicants, law students, recent graduates of law school and those in the law professional.

This community id here so we can hear your stories, advice and answer your questions. Along with connecting with other like-minded people we hope to be able to post useful information, articles, tips and tricks, and the like.  Our goal is to make this a spot where daily there is something new to share, discuss and keep us connected. We are all in this adventure of  Law together!

  So, hop on over to Law School 101  and LIKE US today!

Till next week schooler’s – We’ll see you on facebook : )

– Christy 


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