« on: January 26, 2007, 11:02:59 AM »
I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate for a minute (as I only half-heartedly believe what I'm saying but it may offer some perspective) and speculate on why schools weight LSATs so heavily. Having a good GPA can attest to a lot of qualities about a person: work ethic, socialization, even some amount of raw intelligece. It basically says "this person understands the value of hard work, is likely fairly intelligent, and knows how to play by the rules."
These are important factors but what it clearly does not speak to is the one factor that I am told so often seperates good LS students from mediocre LS students: crticial thinking ability. Sure, you worked really hard in undergrad, memorized all of your notecards before a biology test and wrote the same cookie cutter research paper as the rest of the 200 people in your lecture hall, and got an A for the course, but did any of that teach you to think critically and extemporaneously? Anybody who has spent any substantive amount of time around packs of "well educated" people with great undergrad degrees will tell you that this is no guarantee. Some are unable to understand the most basic analogy or follow even a shallow argument if it is not drawn out for them.
For all its failings, this is what the LSAT offers. It offers at least a window into how a person thinks on their feet, and whether or not they are a developed thinker or just another robot turned by the higher education system. It may seem rediculous to spend hours "resolving the paradox" or "identifying the issue at hand" but it's amazing to me how many well educated people cannot do this in their daily lives, regardless of college performance. I'm just a law school hopeful but it seems to me that a law school student or attorney without these skills would be all but dead in the water and the schools use the LSAT to weed out the people who can evidence hard work but not critical thinking ability. I know if I had to choose a co-worker or teammate, I would take the critical thinker to the non critical thinking successful academic any day.
Edit: Not intended to bash the OPs abilities or intellect. A score in the mid-150's is respectable and can get you into respectable schools.