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Law Students => Job Search => Topic started by: fruzel on February 05, 2007, 05:09:09 PM

Title: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: fruzel on February 05, 2007, 05:09:09 PM
I got accepted into BC with a LSAT of 157.  I was wondering for those of you applying for jobs, internships and clerkships if they look at LSAT? I'm asking because I already made a deposit on a LSAT test prep (in case I didn't get into any law school) and was wondering if I should do the course and take the LSAT to improve on my score?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: kilroy55 on February 05, 2007, 05:13:19 PM
Um...no they don't care.  Some firms request your undergraduate transcript, such IP and patent law focused firms.
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: Ad oculos on August 23, 2007, 11:05:16 PM
No, firms don't care at all.
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: Coolio on September 26, 2007, 07:44:44 PM
This is such a 1L or pre-law question. Law Firms don't give a d**mn about your LSAT. Although Law schools do. HTH

In fact, I would not recommend writing your LSAT score on the resume. If it is 173~180 the interviewer will think you are just a nerd. And if you don't have the grades to back it up...then....you are really screwed. If it is like 165 then it will make you look retarded. If it is like 170 the interviewers will feel stupid because he probably didn't score that.

HTH
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: middlelanguage on September 26, 2007, 08:04:44 PM
Are you a URM?
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: Coolio on September 28, 2007, 10:38:09 AM
Are you a URM?

yes. afro-am
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: mc378 on October 06, 2007, 02:57:39 PM
I am an attorney who enjoys reading this board.  It reminds me of the days when I had the same fears, concerns, and preconceptions as the majority of users.  Fortunately, the practice of law has influenced, honed, and refined my thoughts, so I'll share some of those thoughts in response to the question posed. 

In law school, when I interviewed for summer clerkships and jobs with large firms, nobody asked for my LSAT.  Obviously, everyone wanted to know my GPA.

Since that time, I have practiced for 13 years as a partnership-track associate at a large firm and, then, as a partner at a well-respected and successful boutique firm. Post-graduation, not one client has asked where I attended law school (a good small school -- Valparaiso Univ. School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana).  Not one client, colleague or judge has asked for my LSAT score (which I long ago forgot). 

Clients do not have time to focus on your Bar scores, GPA, LSAT, law review note, or Moot Court accolades.  When they hire a lawyer, clients care about (1) obtaining solid legal advice, (2) ensuring that their attorney(s) make them look good, and (3) securing efficiency and quality at a good price.   

Law firm partners (whether at a large firm or small firm) care about (1) whether you are smart enough to handle their work, (2) whether you can "juggle" projects without suffering a nervous breakdown, (3) whether you can communicate effectively with clients, potential clients, courts, and/or other attorneys, and (4) whether you perform your work efficiently and generate a profit for the firm.  Focus on these four areas, and you will be fine. 

Work very hard; seek out opportunities; and don't give up.  You'll be on your way to a successful career as a private-practice attorney, and someday, your LSAT will become only a distant memory.


 
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: cesco on October 06, 2007, 03:03:59 PM
Another subtle Valpo troll?  :o
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: Coolio on October 07, 2007, 05:41:02 PM
Another subtle Valpo troll?  :o

Indeed. Subtle and no shame.
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: thorc954 on October 07, 2007, 06:39:15 PM
NALP Guidelines bars them from asking about your LSAT score. 
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: vaplaugh on October 07, 2007, 08:27:30 PM
NALP Guidelines bars them from asking about your LSAT score. 

Isn't that like saying you shouldn't feed the ducks?

I love the sentence immediately following the one explaining that the LSAT shouldn't be considered when making hiring decisions.

"Factors in candidates' backgrounds that have no predictive value with respect to employment performance, such as scores on examinations required for admission to academic institutions, should not be relied upon by employers in the hiring process. When evaluating second and third year applicants, employers should not place undue emphasis on the nature of a first year summer job experience or on a student's decision not to work after the first year."

http://www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=16#part4
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: thorc954 on October 07, 2007, 08:31:48 PM
possibly, and i dont feed the ducks as a result, well, actually, not true, i do feed them, but they need food. 

The fact is they just cant ask about lsat scores just like they cannot ask about marital status, etc. And, they know that and follow it.
Title: Re: Do Law Firm look at LSAT?
Post by: mc378 on October 09, 2007, 06:19:29 PM
Sorry -- not a troll at all.  I'm just a long-ago Valpo grad who found the question interesting and wanted to share some good advice.  Ignore the advice if you choose, but it is spot-on, and you can ask just about any successful attorney with a book of business (i.e., lucrative paying clients) to confirm its accuracy.  Enjoy!