« on: August 02, 2005, 11:42:34 AM »
I would not recommend taking the LSAT three times. It is a pain in the ass, and it is almost sadistic! With that said…I took the LSAT three times. But, if I would have just taken the time to research the law school admission process in the first place, I would have only taken it once. I was not sure if I really wanted to go to law school, so the first time I took the test, I did it on a whim and scored average. I met with a prelaw advisor who told me that if I could swing another 4 or 5 points I would be a more solid candidate at the schools I was looking to go to. I figured that he knew what he was talking about so I just took the test again a few months later. I practiced a little but I was a double major taking 18 to 21 credits a semester and working 40 hours a week. I did not put in the time I should have dedicated to practicing and scoring well enough to bring my score up. I thought familiarity with the test would help me get a few extra points. Unfortunately, I scored 5 points lower. At this point, I knew I was in some serious trouble. I put law school off for two years, got a masters degree and solid work experience. Then I decided law school was something I still wanted to pursue. But, I had to take the test a third time to make up for the second score. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I knew this would be the make or break factor.
I did a lot of research this time. I took a prep course, and I took one real LSAT test after the next in order to practice. My practice scores were 10 to 12 points higher than my highest score. I was really confident that I was going to do well. But, unfortunately for me, I do not handle standardized test well. I am not sure why since I can write a blue book with the best of them. Anyway, I was praying for anything that could prove the second score was a fluke. In the end the third test only brought me one point higher than my first test, but it was enough to write an addendum explaining the situation.
It worked for me, I got into law school, and I am happy. If things were different I might have been able to get into a better law school, but I am going to be a 1L at a solid law school, so I am happy. Sometimes you just have to deal with the cards you are dealt.