A retake for the next cycle is pretty much out of the question for me. I have pretty much tailored my degrees (BA in Econ, Hist, and Phil) toward going to law school, so finding work for next year may prove difficult.
Nelson wrote:You should retake and not waste that 3.9 on these schools.
Furthermore, a full time job would be necessary to pitch the idea to my parents, because they are helping me with my college costs and I don't see them running with this idea. Besides, I'm not sure how much I would be able to raise my test score. I was practice testing pretty consistently around 166 which I feel would translate to about an ideal, real test score of 164. If I were to score this, I'm not sure if the difference in scholarship money would be substantial enough to justify a year out of school.
As a low GPA applicant (3.1), it pains me to see high GPA (3.8/3.9) people settle for schools or scholarships they could improve upon substantially. You obviously worked hard in college and should be very proud. Don't settle for options that are beneath your potential. Think about the hardest class you took in undergrad and the time and effort you put into it. Now think about the relatively small effect that had on your overall GPA and thus law school admission compared with your LSAT score. If you put in the same amount of time and effort on an LSAT retake, you would almost certainly score several points higher. I moved from a 164 to a 167. That is not a tremendous bump and like you, I thought I had done pretty well the first time around. Three points opened up a whole new level of schools for me and will probably save me about $60,000 in money over three years of law school.
Also, seriously, get a job. You have spent the past 16-17 years in school. When you are done with law school, you will be working as a lawyer, not generally regarded as the world's most interesting profession, for the rest of your life. You are young, single (not married, at least), mobile, and seem to have some parental financial support (I made a couple of assumptions you can disabuse me of if you like), so your potential employment options are about as wide-open as they can be. Bank that GPA, retake the LSAT in June after studying hard, and start looking for a job that will allow you to save some cash and spend some time away from school doing something interesting.