LSAT Score Jumps and Averaging

How do the top schools evaluate multiple LSAT scores? I know a few of the t14 schools claim they average the scores and a few others claim they take a holistic approach. However, I have also read that since the ABA changed their reporting policy, law schools have every incentive to evaluate the highest score. 

Also, what if there is a huge disparity in the scores...something like 155 to 174? Can one expect to receive admission into an elite school with such a significant difference? I'm talking Yale, Harvard, Stanford, etc.

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The short answer is that you have a score jump that big, pop the champagne. That's great news, even for the top schools.

Anna Ivey is the former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School and founder of Ivey Consulting. She and her team help college and graduate school applicants make smart decisions about their higher education and submit their best applications possible. Read more law school tips in The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions.