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Hey there,

First of all – congratulations on your decision to go after what you want despite the fear of failure or any self-doubt. Getting past the LSAT is tough, but law school is an extremely rewarding and useful experience regardless of what you choose to do with your training.

The simple answer to your question from someone who has been in your shoes is you can do it, and it’s worth it. Just stay the course.

I took the LSAT 3 times. I applied to law school 3 times – with 3 different personal statements. Third time was the charm in both regards. Funny part – that third LSAT score was only 6 points higher than my initial attempt! Don’t forget that the LSAT is important but it is only one factor in your admission decision.

Variances among your scores are just a fact you have to deal with mentally.

You’ll be where you need to be mentally when you know you’ve to a certainty that you’ve put in the time preparing. It sounds simple enough but it is absolutely paramount. Furthermore, it does not get any easier – test anxiety wise – after you crush the LSAT! Law school exams, the bar exam, and everything beyond will depend on your ability to prepare and to find a way – your way -to find calm amidst the storm.

Personally, I had to experiment a bit for what worked, but I found that taking a prep course (Kaplan) combined with a 10 minute meditation/affirmation routine before each attempt. I also talked to my Doctor about test anxiety after the second try, and we added a beta blocker to my medication routine that literally changed the game on test day. Just some ideas to consider, and I am by no means a medical professional, but I’d definitely recommend looking into it. No matter what kind of “pregame” routine you employ – Stick with it until you find what works for you and remember the LSAT is NOT the only factor in your admissions decision.

Law school was by no means easy for me, personally, but the same rules applied. Put in the work, and you’ll do fine. ADHD was a non factor in my case, and in many ways I still feel there are SO many things about a legal career that actually favor and cater towards those with ADHD. You’ll find on the other side of the process – there are a lot more of us thank you think =).

I am excited for you as you start this journey, and I’ve felt exactly what you’re feeling right now. Please do not hesitate to send me a personal message if you need any advice or someone to listen. I’d love to help.

Bottom line: you absolutely can do this, and it’s so, so worth it.

Best Wishes

John M.
corporate litigation associate
Licensed to practice in Texas (2014)