There are two reasons it's best to train for the June exam
First, most law schools are on "rolling admissions,"
so the earlier you apply the better. That alone does not differentiate
the June from the October exam at most schools (some have "early
action"; applications that DO require taking the June exam
-- check with your specific target schools).
But more important, safety. If you have a bad performance on any
given exam, you have five business days to cancel your score. And
you MUST cancel a bad score, since most schools will average if
they see two scores.
If you cancel your score from the June exam, you have October as
a fall-back, and are still ahead of the game. If, on the other hand,
you have just trained for the October exam, and have a bad day and
must cancel, you're now forced to take the December exam, which
(while not "too late" for application) is definitely not
as advantageous as taking October -- because of that rolling admissions
Of course, if you have to choose between taking a lower score in
October and a higher score in December, you MUST take the higher
score in December! Rolling Admissions or no, a higher score beats
a lower score. But wouldn't it be better to have trained for
June -- so October would be your fall-back position?
Finally -- it always takes longer (even for very high scorers)
to fully and totally train than anyone ever expects. Training for
June means you have what our Instructor Josh called four excellent
reasons to keep training for the October exam: June, July, August,