so here's my deal: I have a B.S. and M.S. in an engineering/physics discipline + 4 years experience as an engineer (several published papers, etc). UGPA was only a 3.1 (with a steady upward trend), and i did well in grad school. I got a 164 on the June 08 lsat after consistently getting 170+ on timed, realistic conditions practice tests.1) What schools do I have a good shot at with these numbers and 2) Should I retake in Oct?
if its going to delay your applications, i wouldn't bother with it. some schools do allow you to submit the rest of your ap, and then will receive your lsat score later. on the other hand, if you decide to do that, the school may not consider your ap as complete. i'd say you're better off doing your applications as early as possible instead of retaking the test. your LSAT score is only a small portion of the deciding factor.
yes of course your lsat score is important, but i wouldn't say its a huge chunk. a lot of schools (at least a lot that i applied to) used an index of some kind, usually factoring in your lsat + gpa and then whatever else they feel like tossing in there. lol i wasn't aware of any new ABA policy where schools have to look at your highest score; it wasn't like that when i was applying. if that's the case, then absolutely go ahead and retest, if you think you can do better!i don't know if i agree that if you take the lsat in oct, you'll be able to finish your aps by end of oct. the majority of schools will not consider your application completed until all information is received, which includes your new lsat score. yes, you could get your results back that fast, but personally, my results took over 8 weeks to get over to me. small disclaimer- i took the lsat a while ago, when you got your results by mail. not sure if they still do it this way. i do believe very strongly that getting your applications in as early as possible is a great advantage. that being said, i think as long as you get your aps in before the Dec lsat takers, i think you'll be ok. personally, i submitted all my aps on the very first day possible, but i'm anal retentive. lol