Do you ever go through a certain experience + think back…. Why didn’t anyone tell me this BEFORE right now – the moment I am needing to know it?! Well that is exactly how I felt about the law school admissions process as I was going through it.
My whole life I’ve known I wanted to be a lawyer. That being said, I spent all 4 years of undergrad juggling a full-time job with a full-time class schedule … accepting nothing less than an A- as even slightly acceptable.
I graduated with honors + close to 4.0 GPA. To my naïve delight, however, I thought my hard work was about to finally pay off. Law schools would surely be lining up to accept me into their schools, right? …. Wow – was I wrong. Why? The LSAT.
I’ve never been an extraordinary standardized test taker. My first attempt at the LSAT was in February 2017. I did not receive the score I wanted + I was completely devastated. I remember looking up the likelihood of acceptance into different schools based on my GPA and LSAT score. I was stunned to find out that applicant’s with extremely low GPA’s (even low 2.0’s) had way better chances of getting into certain law schools than I did (assuming they had great LSAT scores).
I had no idea LSAT scores were weighed so heavily in law school admission decisions
I couldn’t understand why 4 years of extremely hard work + a high GPA to prove it did not mean as much as one test. I distinctly remember thinking… I really wish I’d known my LSAT score would be more important to colleges than my grades…. I would have spent more time studying for the LSAT during undergrad + less time worrying so much about maintaining a super high GPA.
Now – if you know anything about me, you know that would never happen anyways because my perfectionist nature just wouldn’t be okay with allowing my grades to slip. But still! I definitely would have started studying for the LSAT a lot sooner.
So – this is for my fellow “lawyer-to-be” readers….
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE YOUR LSAT SCORE
Grades are important, but despite what law schools may say…. LSAT score is more important. So plan your path to law school during undergrad accordingly.
Interested in knowing more about what helped me prepare for law school? Read this post.
Linked below are the LSAT prep materials that helped me earn nearly a 20 point increase from my diagnostic exam. Out of them all, I most recommend The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim.