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Your Retake Options Now That October LSAT Scores Are Out

I’m writing this from Manhattan, and the devastation wrought by Sandy is visible from my window. To those of you who braved the storm with me, we here at Blueprint LSAT Prep wish you the best in recovering.

And for those of you throughout the country who were only affected by the storm because of the first-ever delay in the release of LSAT scores, all I can say is…

Better late than never.

Well, for some of you.

For those of you who looked at their October LSAT score and, in retrospect, would have voted for “never,” just remember: There’s (almost*) always the option to retake the LSAT.

Since LSAT scores were delayed by Sandy, LSAC has generously offered to extend the late registration deadline for the December LSAT. You’ll still have to front the late fee, but LSAC is offering a refund (for now, at least) should you wait to register for the December LSAT.

So what does an LSAT retake mean?

It means applying to law school later in the cycle. If you want the schools to consider a later LSAT score, you’re going to have to hold off on submitting a completed application until December LSAT scores come out (which won’t likely be until 2013). Does this put you at a disadvantage? Yes. Is it worth it?

That’s a trickier question. And it’s completely related to another difficult question: How many points do you think your LSAT score can improve?

If you think you have another 3+ points in you, it’s worth it to wait, retake the LSAT, and apply to law schools later. If you think you’ve peaked, apply with what you’ve got.

Your other option is to wait another year to apply. Now, before you say that you don’t have time to waste another year, remember that I’m not advocating you go into cryogenic storage, or take a Van Winkle-esque nap. You can use that year to prep for a later LSAT (say, next June), get some work experience, and save some money. Law school will be there, waiting for you, when you decide to go back.

*If this is your third LSAT in two years, you’ll have to ride out a few before you can sit for another. Though if you’ve taken this damned thing three times in two years, you could probably use a break.