I don’t see why you’d take July if you’re planning to be ready for the test in August. It just doesn’t make sense if you believe you’ll test low and it’ll add another test to your record. 3 takes isn’t great unless you improve significantly between tests. If it went 155 > 159 > 165 you would probably be fine, but if you only go up a few points between tests that’s not going to look great. In the past they’ve suggested only retaking if you think you’ll improve 3 points or more.
Writing in October will not prevent you from getting a first round acceptance.
I am planning on applying to UofT for the 2021 year, and I had some questions regarding the LSAT with respect to applications. Currently I am registered to write the LSAT around the end of August, and plan to take the October LSAT as my backup. My concern is that will taking the October LSAT make me ineligible for first round acceptances? My second concern is with regards to UofT's policy on repeated LSAT takes. While I plan to write in August, I also registered for the July LSAT as it does not count towards the number of LSAT attempts, however I am considering withdrawing as I am not sure if it will be worth it to potentially have a low score on my record. From what I have read is that UofT takes the highest score but they consider previous attempts, which is why I am hesitant on taking it in July. Do you guys think having a low score/multiple takes on record as something detrimental? Or would it apply in very specific cases where one candidate has very close stats to another?
Thanks in advance
Hi Northstar, not sure if this will be a help or not,
I largely relied on commercially available notes for the exam. Found it easier to reference then the texts on the big day, but that is subjective to me I suppose. I found most of my colleagues from law school were doing the same.
I did read everything on the syllabus unless it said it was supplementary: Texts, judgements, articles (although I only remember Articles on the syllabus for Public Law). I don’t recommend not getting the texts because anything in the textbook is free game and it is hard to know what another person’s notes may have omitted
I personally found Consitutional and Admin to be the most time consuming (ie. the most material to get through) of the five. PR was very easy to get through. I also found Public Law to be a great place to start. I see many NCA grads recommend starting with Public, Const and Admin.
I wrote mine in 4 sittings (I wrote 7 exams) pre-Covid as I was juggling a job on the side to pay the bills. Everyone is different. If you feel like you can juggle 5 syllabi by all means. Most of my friends wrote 2-3 per sitting. But of course these circumstances are different.
Best of luck, feel free to PM or comment on this if you have any other questions.