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Your September 2019 LSAT Instant Reaction

  • by Ross Rinehart
  • Sep 21, 2019
  • LSAT


You made it. You just finished the September 2019 LSAT. You completed the LSAT-leg of your journey to law school and the legal profession. And — for reasons known only to you — you have chosen to spend your first post-LSAT moments with us, an LSAT blog. At any rate, we’re definitely happy to have you.

We can’t see you, obviously, but we have to assume you look like a conquering hero. Your visage must have that elegant, weather-beaten appearance — that reserved for the protagonists in westerns and war epics. And you should feel heroic. You stood up to grueling 175-minute exam and … well, I guess, you just managed to select various answer choices for the entire time without, hopefully, catastrophically messing things up. But let’s not diminish your accomplishment. Your selections represent months of hard work and hardily won knowledge and skills. You deserve the same send-off those cinematic heroes received, swelling strings and fade-outs and credit rolls and all.

Plus, you were among the first to take the all digital version of the LSAT. Like apes being confronted by a giant monolith, you ushered in the future. Well, technically, because of that weird July LSAT, it’s more like you were among a group of apes who saw the monolith a few months after half the members of another group of apes got a sneak preview of the monolith. And let’s hope that the sight of the digital LSAT doesn’t throw you into a homicidal rage like the monolith did to those apes. Look, we’re realizing now that this wasn’t the best choice of metaphor, but we just wanted to keep the movie riff from the last paragraph going, and I think it’s safe to say we’re all a little too tired from the last few LSAT-intensive months to think of a better example.

Anyway, we’re happy for you. And we’d love to hear how the exam went. So … how did the exam go? LSAC regulations prevent us from getting too specific about the contents of the test — we’ll just assume all of our predictions were 100% accurate and move right along — but we’d love to hear how the exam went for you specifically. Any puzzling logic games? How did the digital interface work out? Did the proctors fumble through the set-up, or were they trained and hyper-efficient stewards of the new digital age? Were there any truly clueless test takers at your test center — those who brought their cellphones, forgot their admissions ticket, and possessed an at best vague notion of what would be on the LSAT (there’s always at least one)? Let us know in the comment sections.

Also, you may be thinking about canceling your score. You can read up on LSAC’s official cancellation policy here. The official cancellation policy is thus: you have until 11:59 pm EST on the sixth day after the exam to cancel using your LSAC account. In English: you have until Friday, September 27, 11:59 pm Eastern to cancel. Sleep on it. Take a look at this video, featuring sage advice from Blueprint co-founder Matt Riley.

Before canceling, you should also be aware that nearly every law school will simply use your highest LSAT when constructing your academic index, or whatever calculation it uses to assess you as an applicant. Although law schools will see every score you got on the LSAT, the vast majority of them won’t hold having multiple LSAT scores against you to a significant degree. For most test takers, our recommendation is … don’t cancel. Choose to receive your score, just on the chance that you’ll be happy enough to with the score that you don’t have to study for the next exam. For more thorough discussion of this issue, check out this blog post.

Either way, you truly did the thing. Now, we hope you can close this post, leave your computer for a little bit, and enjoy the perks of life you’ve neglected as you’ve studied for the LSAT! If you decide you’d like to take another shot at the exam in October, we’ll be here for you, ready to help.

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