Taking the LSAT
The LSAT is the single most important part of your law school application, since it measures your aptitude for legal thinking, not what you remember from previous study. At many law schools, the LSAT score is trusted more than the grades an applicant achieves while an undergraduate. Many Touro students wait until after they graduate to take the LSAT, but this is unnecessary if you can set aside time to study for the LSAT while you are completing your undergraduate degree.
Even if you normally ace standardized tests, you should strongly consider devoting two or three months to studying for the LSAT. Many prospective students take an LSAT prep course, but if you are disciplined you can buy study materials and prepare by yourself. The October LSAT is usually best since it gives you enough time to re-take the LSAT in December if your score is below your expectations. If you wait until December and are disappointed with your score, you will have to wait until February to retest, which can hurt your chances of admission to top-tier schools. However, most law schools will consider February test results in their admissions decisions.
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180, and the median is about 151. However, admission to a top-tier law school usually requires a score of 170+, which falls among the top 2.5% of testers. Mid-level law schools usually look for 156+, which means roughly the top third of all testers. It is difficult to obtain admission to any law school in the New York area if your score is lower than 140 and in the bottom 13% of testers.