LSAT score restoration ("zombie scores") numbers
This is a first ever, and we are grateful to LSAC for sharing this data with us.
Of the roughly 3,000 March/April registrants who have an LSAT score that they previously cancelled, about half currently have no reportable score. For these candidates with no current reportable score, about 10% of the potentially restorable scores fall into the highest quartile, about 20% into the second, 29% into the third, and the remaining 41% into the fourth.
For the other half of the roughly 3,000 (i.e., candidates who already have a reportable score), around 22% of this group have a canceled score that is higher than their highest currently reportable score.
Below is the email that applicants with such scores will get.
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this difficult time. We extend our sympathy and support to anyone who has been affected by the COVID-19 situation.
As we said in a previous email sent last week, given the COVID-19 situation LSAC is allowing registrants for the March 2020 and April 2020 LSATs the opportunity to review scores they had previously canceled and restore their scores to their record, if they choose. We are also pursuing other steps to help candidates get a reportable score during this difficult time but wanted to be sure you were aware of this unique score restoration opportunity.
Listed below is the previously canceled score we have on file for you, as well as the month and year of the test administration in which you achieved that score. If you have canceled more than one score, you will only see your highest canceled score.
Note: This score will remain canceled unless you submit a request for LSAC to restore it to your account.
Please review this score and decide whether or not you want to restore it.
- If you DO want to restore this score, please fill out and submit this confidential online form.
- If you do NOT want to add this score to your account, you do not need to take any action.
Please note that if you do decide to restore a previously canceled score, it will become a permanent part of your file; you cannot re-cancel it at some point in the future.
If you do decide to restore your score, it may take up to 3 business days after the receipt of your online form before the change is made in your candidate record. Once your candidate record has been updated, the system will generate a new report to any of the schools to which you have applied during this cycle, usually within 48 hours. You may also want to authorize LSAC to share your contact information with other law schools which may wish to encourage you to apply – this is your choice and is not required to restore a canceled score. Please note that if you have a hold on your account due to an incident investigation or non-payment, new reports will not be sent to schools until the hold has been resolved.
We recognize that this “Review and Restore” opportunity won’t address the needs of everyone, but we are hopeful that it will provide a path forward for some candidates.
We will continue to pursue a number of different avenues to provide testing alternatives and opportunities over the next several months, as we all deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 emergency. We will also continue to work with our member law schools, many of whom have already extended application deadlines and taken other steps to provide greater flexibility for candidates. And we will continue to provide regular updates as this situation unfolds.
If you have any questions, please contact our Candidate Services team at 215-968-1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org. You can also find the answers to commonly asked questions at our COVID-19 information page on LSAC.org.
Take care during this difficult time, and best wishes.