by Brett Twitty
We know that those of you who sat for the September LSAT administration have now received your score and while some of you are likely very happy with your result, some of you are not. So, what to do?
First and foremost, please know that, while LSAT scores are important, at W&L Law, we do not use an admissions formula, and applicants are not ranked by any numerical index. While a candidate’s LSAT and GPA are important components of our decision, our application review process extends beyond the numbers.
All applications are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee which selects applicants for admission to the School of Law on the basis of a comparative evaluation of the credentials submitted by the applicants. We consider undergraduate grades and transcripts, LSAT scores, recommendations, significant employment or post-graduate educational experience, extracurricular activities, special skills and talents, community service involvement and the personal statement, to name a few factors weighed when an admissions decision is rendered.
Even still, some of you may be considering re-taking the LSAT. Below are the answers to a number of questions students taking a later LSAT administration often have.
Which LSAT should I take? December? February?
If you elect to retake the LSAT, we strongly recommend you sit for the December test administration. Scores are not reported from the February administration until very late in our application cycle – while some seats typically remain available, we have extended many offers and the competition for the remaining spots can be exceptionally keen.
If I choose to take the December LSAT, should I go ahead and begin sending in my application materials?
Yes. I repeat: Yes. If you choose to take the December LSAT, we encourage you to submit an application now, and begin sending along the various constituent parts of your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report (transcripts, letters of recommendation) to the LSAC. By doing this, your file will be complete (and therefore eligible for review) much sooner than if you wait until you receive your results to begin the application process or to submit other required documents to the LSAC.
But I took the September LSAT. If I apply, how can I make sure my application is not reviewed before my new LSAT score is available?
If you’ve previously taken the LSAT, do not worry that we might somehow review your (technically complete) file before we receive your new LSAT score. Simply provide us, in Section I, Item 8 of our application, the date of your future LSAT administration, and we’ll hold your file for review until we receive scores from that test.
If my file is not complete until late December, won’t I be really far behind?
No. We make admissions decisions on a rolling basis, and there is no early action program. Each year, we wait until we have a critical mass of applications to begin our review (so that we might have some perspective on the kinds of applications we’re seeing in a given cycle), and while each year is just a little different than its predecessors, we don’t typically achieve this volume until November or December. We usually mail out our first admissions decisions around the first of the year and will continue to make decisions over the next few months. We guarantee every applicant whose file is complete by March 1 a decision by no later than the end of March/first week in April.
How will the Admissions Committee look at my multiple LSAT scores?
In accordance with our policy of reviewing all the materials submitted with an application, we look at each of your LSAT scores as we consider your candidacy. Absent a compelling reason that persuades us otherwise, we place the greatest weight on your highest score because statistical analysis indicates that a student’s highest score is the best predictor of his/her success at W&L Law. In accordance with American Bar Association guidelines, the median LSAT score for an entering class is calculated using matriculants’ highest LSAT score.
What if I change my mind and choose not to sit for the December LSAT?
If you change your mind and decide not to sit for the test after all, or decide to sit for a later test administration, simply contact us so that we can either remove the “hold” on your file or change the date on which we’ll check for a new score.
Have other questions? Please feel free to send us an email at LawAdm@wlu.edu.