LSAC Releasing February LSAT Scores Today, On Schedule

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LSAT score release day is always stressful. The uncertainty. The waiting. The drinking.

Right on schedule, LSAC is releasing February LSAT scores today. I always feel like February LSAT score release day is even more stressful than the other LSAT score release days. With every other LSAT administration, you can go back over your test, see what went wrong, and beat yourself up for those stupid mistakes. Demoralizing? Yes. But not nearly as stressful as just getting a number and forever wondering what went wrong.

I’ve got a few more of you drinking now, don’t I?

The February LSAT is a weird beast, so the advice I give to those receiving their February LSAT scores today is also going to be a bit wonky.

Don’t sweat it.

Why?

Let’s say you don’t do as well as you hoped. If you’re in the super-over-achiever camp that took the February LSAT extremely early, and you’re not going to start applying to law schools until the fall, then you’re still in good shape. You can prep, take the June LSAT (or October LSAT), and still be way ahead of the game. If you’re in the super-late-to-the-law-school-game camp that took this February LSAT to apply for law school starting in the fall, you probably should join the first camp and put off law school applications for another year. Law school admissions are on a rolling basis, so applying in February does put you at a disadvantage.

The flipside is that you did do well (or better than you hoped) on the February LSAT. If this is the case, law school numbers are way down, and schools are accepting February LSAT scores (and, in some cases, even June LSAT scores) to start school in the fall. While rolling admissions places late applicants at a disadvantage, this is mainly for borderline candidates. If you got a great LSAT score, you’re probably above borderline, and law schools will always find a place for students with a GPA/LSAT combo above their medians.

What if this was your third attempt at the LSAT in two years (the limit), and your February LSAT score wasn’t as high as you’d hoped? I’d still recommend waiting it out. Yes, I know, you’re ready to go. But, as stated above, borderline candidates fare significantly better when they apply early. A law school that might reject you should you send in a late application now might be happy to have you next year, especially if the downward trend of law school applications continues.

Whatever the case, there’s nothing you can do about your February LSAT score now. So go out, have some fun, and remember that law school will always be there, and there’s always another LSAT.

You just might have to wait a bit for it.

28 Responses

  1. Sean says:

    It is 2:45 pm Eastern time and I have not received my score yet!! I’m going mad. Is this a sick trick by LSAC? I thought that scores were typically released a few days early. Not only have scores not been released early the scores havnt been sent today. I’m compulsively checking Twitter, Facebook, my email, and searching the web for answers. None.

    • wondering says:

      I too am waiting for my score. Checking repeatedly. I too am wondering why, rather than releasing early, they haven’t even sent them yet. It’s 3:20 pm Eastern time on March 6. It’s terrible waiting… :( I think they have decided last minute to give all Feb. test takers a 172. They are taking extra time to make the necessary adjustments. :)

      • Joshua Membreno says:

        I just called LSAC because I have also not received my LSAT scores. They assured me that they will post today as scheduled and to continue checking my email. That makes me feel slightly better but at least I know that I will get it today at some point!

  2. Lily says:

    Thanks for the advice. This is definitely one of the most stressful test release days ever! I needed a reminder to relax and don’t sweat it!

  3. Michael says:

    Yep, I’m doing the same thing, Sean. I feel like I am losing my mind looking for information online but not being able to find anything anywhere.

  4. Nicole says:

    I cannot possibly go another day without my score! This is the 3rd time I have taken it.. 1st was in June; went well, but wanted to go up just a few points. Took it the 2nd time in December and it was HORRIBLE.. there was a proctoring mistake with the timing (she only gave us 30 mins instead of 35 for 2 of the sections). Would never have known if I had not been timing with my own watch and pointed it out. Half of us cancelled our scores, myself included, and LSAC refunded us with the February test. Needless to say, I am more than ready for my score today.
    PS – I hope that doesn’t scare anyone.. my first and last LSAT experiences were great!! That was a huge fluke!

  5. Sean says:

    For the past three days I’ve been checking lsac and my email incessantly. If and when the scores are released I’ve decided to sue LSAC because of the unwarranted pain and suffering they have caused.

  6. Fil says:

    Still waiting, too. I’m having an f’n panic attack. It’s 12:49 pm here on the western shore and still nothing.

  7. Future Esquire says:

    412pm EST and still no scores — getting very frustrated

  8. Chelsea says:

    I also am waiting impatiently! I have been counting down the days for weeks and then they wait till after noon to email! I looked and on average they are usually between 3-4 days early some as early as 13 days before the scheduled release day. They need to hurry up; I can’t focus on anything else checking my email every 5 minutes!

  9. Cody says:

    Just got my score, so it’s definitely today. I’m in Alabama

  10. Sara says:

    Got my score 20 minutes ago, best of luck to everyone :)

  11. snowquesterer says:

    Just got my score also! Am in VA!

  12. Amber says:

    I got my score at 2:34pm (CST). It was the score that I said I wouldn’t be disappointed in but after getting it I wish I had given myself more then 1 month to study. Considering thought it is a decent score.

    • Aaron says:

      I feel your pain bostongirl…many of us CT folks are doing the panic refresh button tango as well because of that dang blizzard.

  13. bostongirl says:

    But has anyone who was snowed out got their scores??

  14. Aaron says:

    I took a rescheduled exam due to Blizzard Nemo…hoping those scores are released along with everyone else. …nerve racking…

  15. Jus10 says:

    Did anyone else have their Feb LSAT postponed because of the blizzard? Are we getting our scores today as well?

  16. Future Esquire says:

    just got my email — hope you all did too — good luck

  17. wondering says:

    I’m in PA- near LSAC. Today all schools were closed due to snow storms. No score yet and it is 4:40 pm Eastern time. I feel ill :O

  18. ben says:

    Still waiting here on the West Coast as of 1:44 Pacific Time.

  19. studentguy says:

    Cinci, OH, and I just got my score. Good luck everybody!

  20. Chelsea says:

    Going crazy reading other people got theirs and I haven’t yet! I didn’t even have my test set back because of a blizzard, mine was on time. UGHH

  21. Joshua Membreno says:

    Just got my score at 3:55 pm CST! I’m satisfied with my results. Good luck to those that are still waiting! It will come!

  22. Chelsea says:

    Got my email!! MN here

  23. Got my scores says:

    I took a makeup test, due to the blizzard, on Feb 16th and just received my score. Good luck to everyone!

  24. wondering says:

    I didn’t get an email yet, but my score was posted at lsac’s website.

  25. Brent G. says:

    All of you folks sound perky. Did any repeaters see their scores retreat a bit?

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