Alright, so I am currently at a loss as to what to do. Any advice will help greatly. So a bit of background. Stats are 174 / 3.71. I took the December LSAT and was not entirely prepared to submit apps. As a result I submitted them fairly late in the cycle. Most of my applications went complete 1/26 or later. I don't really have any tremendous soft factors but also nothing that would hurt me. I am currently in at USC with $25,000 a year and waitlist/reserved at UCLA, UVA, Northwestern, and Columbia. Still waiting to hear back from Cornell, NYU, Penn and Michigan. However, this late in the cycle I am not holding my breath. Being realistic I am expecting waitlists at best from the rest of the schools. Lastly, I am about to graduate from a UC in three years. As a result, I am only 21 and would be on the young side to start law school so taking a year off might not be the worst thing.
So the question is, take the 25 a year from USC or take a year off and apply at the beginning of the cycle next year with the hope of getting into a T14, most likely ED to Columbia? And, if I take a year off and reapply, is it best to withdraw applications and from waitlists now or wait to see if somehow I get pulled off of a waitlist?
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Personally, I would wait. Forget USC - 174 is Stanford material. And don't take the LSAT again, law of regression would probably fuck you. 3.7 is a great GPA too. You said you didn't have any significant softs? I would take that year to go get one. Go teach English in Costa Rica or something and then apply in October.
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This is an obvious reapply situation. Don't retake the LSAT unless you were PTing in the high 170s/180. I don't know if I'd even ED to Columbia. If you spend the whole summer polishing your apps, and especially if you get a decent job, you have a puncher's chance at Harvard. Plus, ED at Columbia doesn't do a whole lot anyway, especially since you've got a good shot as RD. You will almost certainly land one of CCN, and probably MVP with money. USC at 25k/year would be a total waste of your numbers.
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