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11 Ways to Distract Yourself From the LSAT Score Release Date (AKA Judgment Day)

The LSAT is over. You survived. Now you can put your feet up and wait… right?

Published September 18, 2017

Kind of. Here are 11 things you should have on your agenda for the days leading up to the LSAT score release date.

1. Relax

You’ve been working so hard leading up to the LSAT. So hard. Now it’s time to ease off the gas and take care of yourself.

Take that much-needed shower, crawl out of your cave into the light of day, eat something homemade. Treat yourself.

2. Try not to obsessively check the LSAT site

It’s tough - we know. These scores are a stepping stone into the next stage of your life!

But. Remember how we just told you crawl out of your cave? Don’t let yourself crawl back in. Stay off the forums, maybe take a short break from social media. Don’t let others’ anxiety feed your own. Instead,

  • Distract yourself with fun things
  • Catch up on things you neglected while prepping for the test
  • Contact friends - they miss you!

3. Make a list of schools or review your current list

Maybe you’re waiting to choose your schools until you find out your score. That’s OK. One thing you can do is approximate your score and match it to the schools that accept that score. This will give you a general idea of your options.

If you already have some picked out, make sure you know what each one is looking for from your application.

4. Talk to your pre-law advisor (or similar expert)

Experienced advisors can help you create a to-do list, tell you what to expect, and help get a leg up on your competition.

5. Work on your application

Feeling good about your applications? Take another look over them for good measure. It’s easy for mistakes to slip through, especially when you’re working on multiple apps.

If you haven’t chosen your school yet, fill out a sample application so you have all your info ready to go for the real deal.

6. Write/edit your personal statement

This is your chance to tell someone, in your own words, who you are as a human and potential student. Budget plenty of time to do it right.

While you’re writing, see if there are any other optional essays you could work on.

7. Collect letters of recommendation

Your recommenders need time to write their letters. They’re probably writing for other students as well - give them plenty of heads up so they give your recommendation the attention it deserves!

8. Get your transcript

Transcripts are a necessary part of your application. Pick ‘em up early so you don’t have to worry about it later.

9. Update your resume

Review your resume a few times so you don’t miss anything.

10. Plan a law school visit

Even if you haven’t chosen a school yet, scope out some of the schools nearby. Having some basis for comparison is better than nothing.

11. Prep for an LSAT repeat

Students may decide to take the LSAT multiple times, whether they didn’t pass or simply want to improve their score. If you’re in either of these categories, do #1 on this list and then keep LSAT prep on your daily task list.

No matter what’s on your radar going forward, remember to take a week or so to let your hair down. You really have worked hard for the exam - take care of your mental and physical well-being with a well-deserved break.

Then, back to the grind!

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Guest blogger Ashley Wilson-Rew is Content Strategist & SEM at protocol 80, Inc.


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