To the December LSAT takers, congratulations! Getting through the LSAT is a big step on your way to becoming a law student and, eventually, a lawyer. This post is about what you should do while you’re waiting for the scores to come out.
When I finished the LSAT, all the way back in September 2013 (man I’m getting old), I distinctly remember leaving my test center, sitting under a tree, and watching a squirrel running around. Good times. I definitely recommend getting in some quality squirrel watching time if you have the chance.
You should also take the time to catch up on what you’ve missed in the last few months. For example, if you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049, you can go bask in its glory now (it is visually stunning, and I’m only mostly talking about Ryan Gosling). Or you can pick up one of the new video games that came out recently (just not Battlefront II, say no to microtransactions!). Or you can finally do some pleasure reading now that you’re not too fried to focus on more words on a page. You can also responsibly imbibe a few adult beverages (try not to do anything that you’ll have to report to the bar association in a few years) and mostly just chill.
Bottom line, do something you enjoy, recharge, see friends, and have fun without the constant, nagging feeling that you should be studying.
Once you’ve soaked in some vitamin D and shrugged off the stress of the last 12 weeks, there are a few practical tasks you should probably deal with in terms of your application. Last week, I went over the priorities for getting your application materials together if you’re planning on applying this cycle. If you’re in that boat, the sooner you get going, the better.
If you’ve managed to get everything together already, then you should probably start researching law schools. Obviously, it is hard to try to predict your acceptances without your LSAT score, but you should have a fairly decent idea of your score range based on the practice tests you completed (I, for one, scored my exact average on the 6-7 tests I took in the month leading up to the exam — that’s too many practice tests by the way, don’t panic). You should try to get a sense of the schools within your range. The more information you have, and the more research you’ve done, the easier it will be to choose a school when the time comes. If you approach this whole ordeal with your eyes wide open, it will only serve you well down the line.
Like I said before, just completing the LSAT is a big accomplishment, even if you have to retake it. It is a difficult test and you’ve probably done a lot of hard work just to get here. Stop to smell the roses, but don’t let all of this time get away from you!