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The February LSAT Hangover: What About Your LSAT Score?

For those of you who aren’t Saturday Sabbath observers and/or still digging yourselves out of a massive snowdrift, today marks 48 hours since the February LSAT. Your answer sheets are on their way to LSAC’s headquarters in Newtown, PA (I like to imagine the process as going something like this).

If you’re still waiting to take the February LSAT because of Nemo, we’ll have advice for you on the LSAT blog tomorrow. This is for those of you whose February LSATs weren’t delayed. You may be debating whether you should cancel your LSAT score and you may be wondering how in the world you’ll pass the time until your LSAT score is released.

First, let’s talk about the decision whether to cancel your February LSAT score. To cancel, LSAC needs to receive your request via fax or overnight mail by Friday. You can find the LSAT score cancellation form here. If you cancel, neither you nor law schools will ever know what your February LSAT score would have been, but law schools will see that you took the February LSAT and canceled your score. The February LSAT will count toward LSAC’s limit of three LSAT tests in two years. And if you don’t have any previous LSAT scores on record, cancelling your February LSAT score will destroy any chance you might have had of starting law school this fall.

It’s a tricky decision to make, since all you have to go on is your perhaps shaky recollection of Saturday morning’s LSAT. If you have good reason to think the LSAT score you’d get is lower than you’d be happy with, that means it might be a good idea to cancel. But it’s important that you don’t let a few niggling doubts talk you into canceling what might otherwise be a perfectly fine LSAT score. Just about everyone walks out of the LSAT test center thinking more about the hard stuff than about the easy stuff, so it’s important to do your best to reconstruct the test section by section. Don’t just fixate on the stuff you think you might have missed. Check out this video for a detailed method of making the LSAT score cancellation decision.

Once you decide not to cancel your February LSAT score, the wait really begins. LSAC claims that they’ll email February LSAT scores on March 6, but they have a long history of sending LSAT scores a little earlier than they say they will. My completely unscientific guess is March 5.

If you’re applying for admission to law school this fall, you have your work cut out for you. Get your law school applications in by their deadlines; your February LSAT score should just be the final piece that falls into place.

If your law school applications are done already, or if you’re not applying to law school yet, do your best to distract yourself during the wait for your LSAT score. Refreshing your email a hundred times a day won’t make the LSAT score come any faster — but it may drive you certifiably insane. So pick up a new hobby. Take a trip. Read new books. Watch new movies. Whatever helps you forget about the LSAT and the score you’re waiting for is the thing to do.

If nothing else, you can always run for Pope.