bewildered wrote:retaking would mean putting it off another year. I'm already older than just about any 1L. I really think it's now or never.
No, no, no and no. Seriously, don't let this hold you back, please. My law school has people of all different ages, and so do all law schools. A guy I am really good friends with is like 28 (I'm only 22 and he and I are great friends) and this dude is well on his way to rocking finals. Your age will NOT hold you back, either academically or socially, I can promise you that.
Also, mst is right. Things are different now than they were even a few years ago, and a few positive anecdotes do not change the fact that the vast majority of students at these schools are screwed.
Do you want to be a lawyer? Like really
want to be one? Then retake. If you were truly serious about this lawyer thing, you would put yourself in the best possible position to succeed. I am one of countless "retake success stories" on TLS, and there are some people on here who have seen 10-15 point improvements. You can do better than a 158, especially if you didn't study that hard for the LSAT the first time. Also, what makes you think you can work your ass off in law school and get a great GPA if you weren't even willing to work your ass off to get a great LSAT score? Trust me, improving your LSAT is FAR easier than acing law school exams.
I'll be blunt: If you take the easy way out and apply with a 158, you have been warned of the ills that will likely befall you 3-4 years from now.