If you are not pleased with your LSAT score, you have the option of retaking the exam. But by using this option, you are taking a risk because most ABA accredited law schools average multiple LSAT scores. Update: If you take the LSAT multiple times, your LSAC record will list each score independently and there will also be an average rounded score listed on your report. Sample report:

June 2004 LSAT Score: 162
October 2005 LSAT Score: 165

Average Score: 164

Here are a few things to consider before you make the decision of retaking the exam:

  • Why was your first score below your expectations? If something ‘crazy’ happened on the test day (e.g. you were late, you got ill, you made a bad choice in picking the test center, etc.), then you should consider retaking the test. But if you were well prepared for the test and did everything you were supposed to, then retaking the exam can be a risky move.
  • Do you have what it takes to retake this test? Are you willing to put more time and effort into preparation? If yes, then go for it!
  • Does the law school that you are interested in average multiple LSAT scores or does it consider only the higher score? If your school of choice falls under the latter category, then you aren’t taking much of a risk by retaking the exam.
    • Following is a list of some ABA accredited law schools that average multiple LSAT scores (This list is not exhaustive. Schools that did not provide any relevant information on their websites or provided conflicting answers during phone interviews are not listed here.). Please note: schools’ policies change over time and you should always double check with the schools before making your decision.
      • Albany Law School
      • American College of Law
      • Arizona State University College of Law
      • Ave Maria School of Law
      • University of Balitmore School of Law
      • Baylor Law School
      • BYU Law School
      • Brooklyn Law School
      • UC Berkeley- Boalt Hall
      • UC Davis- King Hall
      • UC Hastings
      • UCLA
      • Case Law School
      • Chapman University School of Law
      • Chicago
      • Chicago-Kent
      • Cleveland- Marshall College of Law
      • Columbia Law School If improvement by 8 or more points, committee may give more weight to the higher score.
      • CUNY School of Law
      • University of Dayton School of Law
      • University of Denver College of Law
      • University of Detriot Mercy School of Law
      • Drake University Law School
      • Emory School of Law
      • Florida Coastal School of Law
      • Fordham Law School
      • Georgetown If improvement by 5 or more points, committee may consider the higher score only.
      • Golden Gate University School of Law
      • Harvard Law School
      • Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington
      • University of Iowa School of Law if a significant difference, admissions committee MAY take the higher score.
      • University of Kentucky College of Law scores are averaged in almost all cases.
      • Louisiana State University School of Law
      • University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
      • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
      • University of Maryland School of Law
      • University of Memphis School of Law
      • Mercer University School of Law
      • University of Miami School of Law
      • University of Michigan Law School Consideration is given to each score, as well as to the average score.
      • University of Mississippi
      • University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law
      • University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
      • University of Nebraska College of Law
      • University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Law
      • North Carolina Central University School of Law
      • Notre Dame Law School
      • Ohio Northern University: Claude W. Pettit College of Law
      • Pepperdine University School of Law
      • Quinnipiac College School of Law
      • Regent University School of Law
      • Samford University Cumberland School of Law
      • Seton Hall Law School
      • University of South Carolina School of Law
      • University of South Dakota School of Law
      • Stetson University College of Law
      • Temple University School of Law
      • University of Tennessee College of Law
      • Texas Tech University School of Law
      • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
      • University of Utah College of Law If improvement by 6 points or more, committee may give more weight to the higher score.
      • Valparaiso University School of Law
      • Vanderbilt University Law School
      • Vermont Law School
      • University of Virginia School of Law
      • William & Mary School of Law
      • William Mitchell College of Law
      • Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law
    • Following is a list of some ABA accredited schools that do not average multiple scores and use the higher LSAT score. (This list is not exhaustive. Schools that did not provide any relevant information on their websites or provided conflicting answers during phone interviews are not listed here.) Please note: schools’ policies change over time and you should always double check with the schools before making your decision.
      • University of Alabama Law School
      • California Western School of Law
      • Cornell Law School
      • Florida State University College of Law
      • University of Hawaii School of Law
      • University of Houston Law Center
      • Howard University School of Law
      • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
      • John Marshall Law School
      • University of Kansas School of Law
      • Marquette University Law School
      • Northwestern
      • NSU
      • Oklahoma City University School of Law
      • University of Oregon School of Law
      • University of Pittsburgh
      • St. John’s University School of Law
      • St. Louis University School of Law
      • University of San Diego School of Law
      • Santa Clara University School of Law
      • Seattle University Law School
      • Suffolk University
      • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
      • Villanova University School of Law
      • Washington University St. Louis School of Law
      • Whittier Law School


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