Are LSAT Scores Averaged Out By Law Schools?

This is a question which often haunts the minds of students who have taken the LSAT multiple times. It becomes even more harrowing when one score is very high and the other considerably low. So, what are the law school policies regarding multiple LSAT scores?

LSAT Scores

Historically, law schools did average multiple LSAT scores. All that changed in 2006 when the American Bar Association (ABA) changed the requirement of schools reporting their average LSAT scores with a new one where law schools had to consider the highest LSAT score.

While this was confined to the reporting of scores, this also resulted in modified admission processes in any schools. Some continued to average scores whereas some only considered the top scores. Considering top scores works in the favour of law schools. The higher the score, the better are the ranking for these law schools.

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You would think most schools will do the same, but there is not too much clarity about the entire process. It would be a good idea to check individual law school websites for better clarity on this matters. The general rule of thumb: Most law schools will only consider your top LSAT scores.

What should you do? If your choice of schools have an ambiguous policy on this matter, then go the average route. In this scenario, you may want to cancel an LSAT if you think you have performed badly in the exam. If your school looks at only the top LSAT scores, then you can take any score and try doing better next time.

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