ADD Meds & LSAT Score (10/03)

 I have always had suspicions of ADHD. Now, that I just received a phone call from the neuropsychologist, it is confirmed that I do indeed suffer from ADHD. What I would like to know is that when I’m done seeing my medical doctor and get the prescription, will I get into law school? The problem I’ve always had is that I did poorly on standardized tests. And so, with the LSAT coming up, I am scoring low as of now and am scheduled to take it October 4th, next Saturday. My doctor, advisor, and mom all told me to cancel the test and take in December. But the personal struggle I’m having is whether I want to take that chance? Will my score go up now that I’m on medication that can help me concentrate? Please help me…I am so confused!

What we don’t know – but you could check with the folks who administer the LSAT – is whether a later, higher score would supercede an initially low score, or whether they would be, for example, averaged. If only the later score matters, then perhaps you have little to lose by taking the exam on October 4. Otherwise, we tend to agree with those who are suggested you postpone it.

There is a good chance, if you have ADHD, that medication will help you stay focused. That may increase your chances of completing more test items and thinking through your answers in a more organized way. But we think it makes sense to take some time to figure out the best dosage, time of day to take the medicine, etc., and to take a number of practice exams while on the medicine. It is also possible that an LSAT preparation course or tutoring would be more helpful to you while on the medication than it might have been before. We also wonder whether, armed with those neuropsychological test results, you may be eligible for certain special considerations, such as extra time to take the test – we know that this is often the case in colleges, and it’s another reason to call the organization that administers LSATs.

Another thing to consider carefully is the extent to which your ADHD would be an ongoing hindrance in the field of law, and what types of law would fit you best. For those kinds of questions, we can probably refer you to an appropriate career consultant. We suggest that you begin by calling us to make an appointment for a (free) initial consultation with one of the LCL clinicians.

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