Not so happy holiday? The disappointing December LSAT score

The December 2017 LSAT scores are out (surprisingly early!!) and some of your are no doubt disappointed. Your array of options is clear, even if which one to choose is murkier:

1. Apply now with your current score. 2. Retake in February and apply at that time. 3. Apply now, but retake in February in the hopes that either your application won’t be reviewed before then, or that the law schools will reconsider your admission/scholarship determination with your new score. 4. Wait ‘til next year (or later).

Note: The registration deadline for the February 10th test is Wednesday, January 4th.

The first step in considering each of these options is deciding whether a retake (in February or next cycle) makes sense for you.

So let’s first honestly assess what happened with this test administration:

Winter 2017-18 Office Hours

The Pre-Law Advising Office is OPEN through most of your winter break. Here are the details:

Regular office hours (MWTh 9am - 2:30pm) through Thursday, December 14th. Schedule an appointment here.

Available by appointment (email me!) from December 18th through January 19th. I will definitely be on campus December 18th - 20th, so feel free to drop by as well.

Both the physical and virtual offices will be closed December 23rd - January 1st.

Regular office hours for Spring 2018 will begin January 22nd. Scheduling for those hours will open up January 2nd.

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Internships at US Attorney’s Office—Springfield

The US Attorney’s Office in Springfield is looking for undergraduate interns for Summer 2018. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and should include:

  • Resume stating GPA and classrank
  • Cover letter indicating why you desire a placement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Writing sample

The application and hiring process also requires:

  • All credit delinquencies satisfied prior to start of placement
  • Background, credit, and criminal history check

Interested students can email the resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Camelia Barrows.

For more information about the internship, download this brochure from the US Attorney’s Office, or contact the Pre-Law Advising Office.

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Law-related courses: Spring 2018

Just in time (barely) for Spring 2018 course registration, it’s our bi-annual list of law-related undergraduate courses being offered across the University.

But first, some caveats:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 


Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get good feedback on your writing.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.  Studying... read more »

Don’t Panic: Next steps after a disappointing LSAT score

If you just got disappointing news about your September 2017 LSAT score, this post is for you. First up, don’t panic. This does not mean the end of your law school dreams. But you do have some decisions to make:

What’s next — a retake in December (or February), applying with the September score, or putting off law school for another year or more? 

NOTE: If you’re not already signed up for the December LSAT, you need to make this decision relatively quickly—the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT is Wednesday, October 18th, and the late deadline is Wednesday, October 25th (and entails an additional late fee).

To seriously answer the question of whether you should retake the exam, it’s important to first honestly assess what happened with this test administration:

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