Law School Discussion

Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: Stephenjorie on January 07, 2016, 01:29:43 PM

Title: LSAC is confusing
Post by: Stephenjorie on January 07, 2016, 01:29:43 PM
So maybe someone can help here. I applied to two schools within the past week. The first school said they did not receive my transcripts from LSAC yet. How could that be when LSAC has already processed them and posted them on their site in my account? Took them long enough to process them and now the school is saying they haven't gotten them. What gives?

Also, I am retaking the LSAT, but I have a score that can be reported, but when I checked my application status for my second school I applied to it said they are going to wait until I take the February test before they review my application. Why are they doing that? The whole point of applying now is so I can get in somewhere as early as I can to maximize my options. And my score IS good enough to get in. I don't get it.

Can anyone explain either of these issues?
Title: Re: LSAC is confusing
Post by: Citylaw on January 07, 2016, 02:00:03 PM
If you are retaking the LSAT they are going to wait so they can determine what if any scholarships they should offer and whether to accept you or not.

Retaking the LSAT will impact their decision so they don't want to make a decision and then change, particularly since there is no harm in waiting until late February March to tell you. Additionally, each school handles it differently the school you are discussing might average your two scores, most schools don't do that, but a school can have whatever admission criteria it wants. 

Then for the transcripts it could have been a mistake by LSAC, maybe you submitted something wrong, who knows? Certailny not random people on the internet like myself.

My recommendation is call these two schools admissions office directly and ask what is up. Ask what you can do to have your transcripts sent and also why they are not reviewing your application until February LSAT. My post above are just my opinion, which means absolutely nothing as I have never worked in a law school admissions office.
Title: Re: LSAC is confusing
Post by: Stephenjorie on January 07, 2016, 02:19:25 PM
If you are retaking the LSAT they are going to wait so they can determine what if any scholarships they should offer and whether to accept you or not.

Retaking the LSAT will impact their decision so they don't want to make a decision and then change, particularly since there is no harm in waiting until late February March to tell you. Additionally, each school handles it differently the school you are discussing might average your two scores, most schools don't do that, but a school can have whatever admission criteria it wants. 

Then for the transcripts it could have been a mistake by LSAC, maybe you submitted something wrong, who knows? Certailny not random people on the internet like myself.

My recommendation is call these two schools admissions office directly and ask what is up. Ask what you can do to have your transcripts sent and also why they are not reviewing your application until February LSAT. My post above are just my opinion, which means absolutely nothing as I have never worked in a law school admissions office.

Yea so I did some quick research and I think you're right about them waiting. The way I understood it is that if you say on your application you're retaking it they will wait until you do because of scholarships and what not.

As for the transcripts I still am not sure. Maybe the school you applied to has to request them? I don't know..
Title: Re: LSAC is confusing
Post by: Citylaw on January 07, 2016, 02:55:55 PM
Probably and just some advice, because I was a 0L before going to law school, passing the bar etc and actually asked many questions similar to yours on this board, which was easy to do, but I rarely obtained helpful information. Remember as you go through law school, the application process, etc that anyone anywhere can post anything they want on the internet. For all you know I am a crackhead in a public library or I could be the the director of LSAC.

Either can setup an LSD account and post as I am doing now.

The questions you are asking are important so go right to the source and ask the admissions office of the schools you are applying to these questions. They have the answer and want to help students answers the questions you have.

Title: Re: LSAC is confusing
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on January 07, 2016, 03:02:16 PM
This is easy, just call LSAC and ask what's up. They may simply mailed it a little late.

As far as the law school waiting until they have your next LSAT score, Citylaw is correct. It has to do with scholarships and (possibly) admission. If your numbers are already sufficient for that particular school, but you plan on re-taking anyway, they just want to see what you end up with. If you get a higher score, they may increase the scholarship offer. Don't worry about it.