I opened up my e-mail today and was surprised to find that I got a 180 on the December LSAT.
I have really just been trying to take all this in all day because I still don't believe this, but I have also been wondering how this should affect my application when I write my personal statements, etc. Despite this score, my chances of getting into Yale are still below 50% because of my 3.72 GPA. I am also probably applying to Harvard, NYU, and Columbia, all of which I have pretty good chances at according to the Chiashu website.
Does anyone have any advice for what I should be focusing on now? Should I write my personal statement like I didn't know my LSAT score? I am worried that I might have an additional burden on my now to look really good so that the score doesn't look like a fluke.
Also, I have been told that law schools will try to recruit me and such. Does anyone know anything about what I should expect, if anything?
first of all congratulations. i got a 180 on the october LSAT, and it is, indeed, quite a rush.
the difference between 180 and an almost equally high score, say, 175-179 always seemed rather small to me (very few questions.) it is a very different thing psychologically, though, to make a perfect score. if anything, though, i'm chalking it up more to good preparation than any extra intelligence beyond a normal 170er (i still don't believe there's much difference.)
your score will help you get into excellent schools. i don't think, however, that anyone's chances at yale or stanford are close to 100%, no matter what their numbers are. work hard on the rest of your application--neither slack off nor apply extra pressure to yourself due to your scores. as i understand law school admissions, numbers are important, but the rest of the application is the place to give committees incentive to make a tenative yes definite. if anything shift the focus of your PS away from your academic prowess to your other great personal characteristics.
certain law schools recruit all high scorers, even some top law schools will provide application fee waivers and financial aid assistance. focus on figuring out which school is best for you, though. it may end up being H, Y, or S, schools which notoriously do not provide merit based incentives...