« on: January 17, 2008, 08:50:58 PM »
I haven't posted much because I was convinced I wouldn't get into any of the schools to which I applied based on two, equally abysmal LSAT scores. I'm a non-trad, limited by geography (can't move), and sent in apps to the four T2s and single T10 in my area. To my surprise, I got an email acceptance to my first T2 choice (closest, cheapest, well-regarded and places well here) tonight. I do have a somewhat unusual background with 20+ years work experience, which I believe outweighed my scores. I've been planning on going part-time and remaining at my job.
However, I'm scheduled to take one more stab at the LSAT in June. I figured I'd have no choice, but a major part of my decision was simply feeling that I have to fight, 100% for a better score. I wasn't able to take a prep course because of my job schedule and looking back, realize that my self-prep was too shotgun in approach. I've met once with a tutor I really like - no gimmicks, just talking through logic to ensure I truly understand what's going on. I actually enjoy the process.
Is it crazy to retake it anyway? My gut feeling is that finally getting a handle on the LSAT will only help me in school and perhaps I have a shot at a better score, especially without so much pressure. I'm not sure of timing, but if I were to greatly improve my score, would it make sense to reapply next cycle in hopes of money? How late can one withdraw without losing tons of cash? The T14 (a huge reach, I won't get in this cycle) really isn't realistic for me in terms of trade-offs (cost, location and full-time-only program) but I'd still seriously consider it if I were to be accepted.