LSAT Scores: To Law School and Beyond

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Do prospective employers care about your LSAT score? Career social networking site LinkedIn thinks they might.

Digital Trends reports that last month LinkedIn added a service targeted for students to enhance their member profiles. These include places for students to list any organizations to which they belong, coursework, honors and awards, and (cue the dramatic pause) standardized test scores.

I get that students don’t have much work experience to put on their résumé beyond “Starbucks Barista” or “Manager of Customer Service Relations at Hot Dog on a Stick,” so additional information can be extremely useful. However, do prospective employers really care about your LSAT score? Doesn’t the importance of your LSAT fade away after law school admissions?

For the most part, no and yes. Law schools are very concerned with LSAT scores (see my thoughts on Villanova’s falsification of their LSAT data to the ABA). However, law firms are far more interested in first-year grades and the caliber of the school you attend. As Michelle Fabio from About.com’s law school pages explains, “…large firm positions and prestigious clerkships have always disproportionately gone to graduates of institutions high in the law school rankings; this is even more exaggerated now that there are fewer jobs available.”

However, earlier in the year, Above the Law sniffed out a Seattle-based law firm that required the submission of a cover letter, transcript, writing sample and LSAT score.

So while the LSAT is chiefly used for law school admission, don’t breathe a sigh of relief, yet. After all, you may also want to land a job teaching LSAT prep for Blueprint.

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