NoleFin wrote:I understand math. However going into school thinking that is the wrong attitude. Obviously you guys have no reason to believe me, so im not trying to persuade you, but I know personally if Im dedicated I will do it.
You understand math, but you don't seem to understand what the math means. Let me explain:
Law school classes are graded on a curve, and since all classes at a school are graded on the same curve, it's easy to develop a class rank. (This is why employers don't care about your letter grades, just whether you were "top x%" in your class). If you ended up in the top 10% of your class, mathematically it's because you did better than 90% of your classmates in most, if not all, of your classes (you can have an outlier class or two and still make top 10%). This is the math part, the part you know.
Here's the part I think you don't get. How many people do you think go to law school saying, "I'm not dedicated"? How many go, "even in this terrible job market, I will just coast and not care if my poor grades make me unemployable"? How many go, "I've decided to spend 3 years of my life and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on something, but I'm just not dedicated to it"?
I'm not saying that everyone will be as dedicated as you are. There are probably at least a few people in each law school who don't care about grades because they'll go work for daddy's law firm when they graduate, and there are also some who are just going to law school because they don't know what else they want to do. But law schools are filled with students who, just like you, are telling themselves that they may not have a strong GPA or LSAT score to get into a top school, but they'll still succeed because they're "dedicated".
The only way your "I'll make top 10% because I'm dedicated" theory works is if 1) you think that only 10% of the class or less will be truly "dedicated" and 2) dedication is what separates top-performing law students from the rest. Both of those assumptions are wrong, but even just focusing on the first one illustrates how you're ignoring the meaning behind the math.
If 50% of a law school's class are filled with people who are "dedicated" and determined to finish in the top 10%, then at least 40% of them will be disappointed.
NoleFin wrote:I just will not be talked down to by someone just because they probably studied a year to get there 169.
You had a 162. A gain from 162 to 169 is only 7 points. It shouldn't take anywhere near a year of study to gain 7 points on the LSAT. Typically people who haven't done serious study can gain 10-15 points over 2-3 months. I studied for two months and gained around 15 points. If you didn't do serious study, then you really should study and retake.
People aren't telling you this to be dicks. They're telling you to help
you. In the legal industry, and also in the world of agents from what I understand, what matters most are your connections. If you don't already know people it's extremely hard to break in, and one of the few ways you can make new connections are through the school you attend and the weight that it carries. This makes going to the best school possible important, and doing that means doing well on the LSAT.
"Retake" is the best advice people have for you. If you're going to reject that, then that's your loss.