« on: August 23, 2008, 12:09:56 PM »
Thanks in advance for your help!
I took the LSAT in February and scored a 166. I know I can do better, I have consistently scored in the 171-4 range on practice tests. My GPA is 3.75 (huge upward trend since freshman year) at Northwestern. Up until a few days ago I was planning on re-taking the test in October and having my applications all ready to go by the end of that month. Now, though, I've been hearing that re-taking the LSAT is heavily frowned upon and that I will be asked to explain why I took it twice. The truth is simply that I was underprepared for the test- I wasn't sick and no one in my family died. I was just stupid about it. I didn't study very much and didn't take a class.
My top choice schools are Northwestern and Michigan, and you can see the other schools I want to apply to below. Should I re-take the LSAT? If I don't, and apply with a 166, do I have a chance at any T14 schools? If I do re-take, and score in the 170-172 range, would my chances increase significantly despite the stigma of having re-taken the test?
Last question, unrelated, but I received a fee waiver from Duke. Is that any indicator of my chances there, or do they simply send them to a bunch of people who may or may not be qualified?