I have another question addressing when to reply, so I figured I'd stick it in here, instead of creating a whole new thread.
I am taking my LSAT in October. From my understanding, you can send in applications to schools before you have your LSAT score. The application will become active at each school once the LSAC sends your LSAT scores to each of the schools you listed to have them sent to.
Okay, say I got a 160 on the LSAT in October, and I had sent in my application by the beginning of October. The schools I wanted to go to reject me, because my LSAT isn't high enough. If I retake the LSAT in December and get a 170, can I then re-apply to the schools that rejected me, in hopes of gaining admission due to my new and improved LSAT? I'm just not sure how this works, and I'm curious as to the logistics of multiple LSAT scores and early admissions, etc.
From everything that I have read, once you are rejected you are out for that cycle. You can however reapply the next cycle. As in response to having multiple LSAT most schools only look at the highest score. If there is a huge discrepency than you may want to attach an addendum to explain.
The schools I want most are Columbia and NYU, which seem to average. Also, although a reach, I'm interested in Harvard, which also averages. So I decided to wait until the October LSAT to be fully prepared to get as high of a score as possible, without a possibly sub-par score in June, even though it provides a safety net.
So, if you can only apply once, I think it's a safe move to only apply to schools after I have received my October LSAT score, since this will determine whether I need to re-take in December or not.