john1990 wrote:Ive wanted to be a lawyer in NYC or DC since i was 10yo so i dont think its a question of weather i should practice law. The question is Catholic with a scholarship or American without. I understand that i might lose that scholarship and i may not. I'm still not 100% decided and i am even concidering brooklyn law school at this point haha
No one is questioning whether or not you want to practice law, but whether the schools you're considering will provide you any realistic chance of practicing law in the city of your choice - or even with gainful employment in the legal field, particularly in light of the debt you are contemplating assuming. The DC job market is tough enough for T14 grads. Ask yourself why, when hiring partners, etc have been rejecting scores of T14 applicants for several years now, a graduate from a non-peer school would be given preference.
You don't "need" to choose between American and Catholic (or Brooklyn); you can choose to wait a year, bring your GPA up even to a 3.3, and take your LSAT up to 170+, or thereabouts. Judging by your handle, I'm going to guess that you're 21/22 - you have plenty of time. Apply very early next cycle, with a flawless file. Try for a T20. Work experience will help. You say you want to practice law, and that's fine - just do yourself a favor and give yourself a reasonable shot at doing so, even if it means extending your time table.