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Earlier this month, it was announced that the average LSAT score for incoming law students had dropped.
There are all sorts of conclusions to be drawn from this development, but if you’re thinking of law school, consider this one in particular: If LSAT scores are lower, then knocking the test out of the park puts you in an excellent position to get into a top-notch law school and qualify for merit-based financial aid, which can really defray the high cost of law school.
The degree to which LSAT scores fell depended on which “tier” of law schools was considered. Top 50 law schools saw a drop of about 1 LSAT point, whereas schools “ranked alphabetically” (meaning U.S. News and World Report lumps them together, since they didn’t rank high enough numerically) saw a drop of almost three points.
If you’ve read even a little about the LSAT, then you know that even one point makes a difference, so this new information is raising some eyebrows.
As we said earlier, if you are able to perform really well on the LSAT at a time when the scores are sinking, you’re more likely to really stand out from other applicants. That means you will be an appealing applicant and will be well-positioned in terms of scholarships.
In order to do well on the LSAT, you may need private LSAT prep. The LSAT is one of the most important tests of your life, so you can’t really afford to take preparation lightly.