I'm a K-JD, unfortunately. I knew that most people wait a year or two before enrolling in law school after they graduate college. I reasoned that because I wanted to be a lawyer (or so I thought), it would be better to get through law school faster so I could start my legal career. I scored at about the 80th percentile at 160 after studying moderately over a few months (which I thought at the time was a good score, and I eventually get a full-ride at a school with a median of 150).
In a thread I recently read at Top-Law-Schools, a TLS regular told someone who had scored a 157 and was asking for law school advice that their LSAT number is more important to law schools than someone's college GPA. Because of that, the TLS regular reasoned, the original poster (OP) should spend at least four to six months of hard studying in order to see what he or she could acheive before attending law school.
A K-JD is, by definition, someone who was in school from kindergarten through college, and begins attending law school the Fall semester after they graduate. Unless the K-JD is someone who graduates a semester early and spends the off-semester prepping for the LSAT, they do not have the clear schedule needed to adequately prepare for the LSAT. Adequate, in this use, would mean putting forth the same effort into mastering the LSAT that the person put getting their undergraduate degree.
The LSAT, as many of us know, is a very learnable test. In my case, the very first practice test I took I scored a 150, and after a few months of moderate study I was getting high 150's and low 160's, ending with 160. Some people's first practice test is much lower, and some people score much higher.
Because the LSAT is so important to law school admissions; where you get in, how much money you are offered and at what schools, which will have profound effects for the rest of someone's life, it is a wonder why there are so many K-JD's. Using my situation as an example, if I had spent a year after college working full-time and studying 30 hours a week on the LSAT, I probably could have scored high enough to get accepted to at least some of the lower T14's (the area where I had the most trouble were the logic games, which are some of the most learnable sections), and significant money offers from Tier 1's.
Many law students, including K-JD's, use the transfer game to make up for underperforming on the LSAT. This isn't as good as performing up to their LSAT potential the first time around: they will miss out on scholarship money, law review, moot court, developing peer and professorial relationships, and be in a weaker situation for OCI.
My misinformed self figured a 160 was "good enough." After all, lawyers make good money, and even if you are not making six figures, many mid-to-high five-figures legal jobs were there. Law schools outside the level of Harvard still will adequately prepare you for the practice of law, and because all law schools teach the same things, a retake isn't necessary.
Talking to non-scholarship receiving 1L's last year made it clear to me that the LSAT itself was not very important to many of them. I wonder what the LSAT talks are like at schools with higher medians. Are the people attending schools with medians of 160+, many of which have employment statistics that are similar or worse than mine, scoring at the top of their potential? http://www.lstscorereports.com/?school=american
Us scambloggers are often stereotyped as trying to steer everyone away from law school. I'm not sure that that is true. I think we support and even encourage people who adequately inform and prepare themselves for law school to apply.
K-JD's, by-and-large do not adequately inform and prepare themselves for law school. If they would, they would spend more time researching law schools and fully devoting themselves to getting a good score on the LSAT, and that simply is not possible unless someone graduates early. This group is the youngest and least-informed of all who apply and attend law schools, and their indifference to the LSAT and ability to borrow enormous amounts of federal student loans makes them attractive targets for law schools who feed on marginal candidates.
As others have noted, outreach and activism for K-JD's group can be achieved at colleges through pre-law classes and clubs. Think about using your status as an alumni to help a few people make sure they prepare and inform themselves about law school.