romothesavior wrote:If you think you could get a 170+ and instead you go to Depaul, you will have made the worst decision of your life. Not exaggerating in the least.
There are dozens of people on this site who were in your position. Of those who retook, not a single person regrets that year off. There are countless examples of people whose lives changed as a result of that year off. A 170+, or even high 160s, would change your school options dramatically, which in turn would change your job prospects dramatically. This is the biggest investment you will ever make. Treat it as such.
Your odds of transferring from Depaul to a Chicago T14 are small. Hofstra to Columbia? Lolok. It would be far, far, far easier to just retake, get a better LSAT, and reapply to get in to a better school than it would be to go in betting on a transfer. I know law students are bad at math, but this is grade school level probabilities applied to a major life investment. If you think you can improve on the LSAT, then retake. You are doing yourself a serious disservice if you rush in to one of these schools.
If you are implying I am bad at math, then you would be mistaken, math was my strongest field. Furthermore, Hofstra from Columbia was no joke, I knew several people who made the jump, and this was several years ago when Hofstra was a tier 3. I am also considering these probabilities measured with my life circumstances, like I said before, my life circumstances could make going to law school in one year impossible, it can also bury me in debt, so I have to consider this now. I know it is a gamble.
In other words, my probability of anything is different from those of the average prospective law student. In addition, I have to consider the likelihood that I can't study for the lsat as much as I would like too, especially considering the last time I took it. My odds are against me raising my score for next year, they are against me for going to law school next year, and they are against me finding any work in the coming years. So I fail to really see how retaking the exam and waiting a year will be far, far, far easier than anything else. Especially since both options right now (going to law school now and retaking), can have dire consequences that can haunt me for the rest of my life, retaking at the moment seeming like the worst. So that is why I am considering the pros and cons of these three schools if I don't get into one from the waitlist. For example, I see a longer list of high-powered lawyers from Syracuse and only few from Depaul. Also, I was not only considering a transfer on up to a T14, I was also considering a transfer to a school with a better job outlook.