As stated above, I am working at a paid internship currently. Between car payments, cell phone bills, car insurance, rent and living expenses it can be rough forking over even 160 dollars to a test I would be taking in October. October being a time where i work 25-30 hours a week with a full course load (of engineering not pussy business/poly sci credits) and extracurricular activities.
However, it appears I am hitting diminishing returns here so I will seek out another resource for advice.
The Law School Admission Council categorizes test-takers into 162 majors. Seeing many of those as sub-disciplines of major fields, Nieswiadomy groups them into 29 categories. Of those 29, he found that the top five majors and their average test scores were:
1. Physics/math, 160.0
2. Economics, 157.4
3. Philosophy/theology, 157.4
4. International relations, 156.5
5. Engineering, 156.2
The five lowest-scoring majors were:
25. Education, 149.4
26. Business administration, 149.1
27. Health professions, 148.4
28. Prelaw, 148.3
29. Criminal justice, 146.0
There are your top and bottom scoring UG majors for the LSAT.... You are considerably below other engineers that are also not taking the courses you described above.... Frankly, that language makes it sound like a flame to me but if not......
Look, this test dictates your school.... Your school dictates your job prospects. Your job prospects dictate your future.....
I don't care if you are eating Ramen Noodles three times a day as that is all you can afford you need to cut back to 2 meals a day or apply for food stamps to save money.... Switch car insurance companies and save an average of 500 bucks (according to every ad on TV anyway.) Sell your car and rent a Moped... Take you TV and PS3 to a pawn shop.... Sell Plasma.... Show up at Home Depot and do a little day labor on your day off.....
Seriously, it is THAT important...... If you don't have money for a study course do it on your own. The local library will have all the study guides.... There are ways to do it on the cheap.
Heck, join the military for four years, they LOVE engineers.... While your softs are not bad for a KJD not a one of them will help you one bit to getting into LS; four years of service will and it pays well as an O and you will have the GI Bill that will pay for 100% of LS.....
The point being there ARE ways to pay for things that you need but there may be no way to pay off the debt you incur in a TTTT and come out without a job and then have to explain to the engineering firms why you went to LS and now changed your mind and want to be an Engineer again.... With an extra 200K of debt mind you....
There are reasons to go to a TTTT school that will take a non-URM 149.... Your employer is paying for it and you already have a guaranteed
job upon graduation.. (Only one I can think of at the moment but I am sure there are more...) YOU are not in such a situation though. Retesting is a pain but WAY easier than being in the top 1% of your class which is what you will need to do in order to transfer to a good school from a TTTT.....