Paul Campos wrote:Even though I work with this kind of data all the time I still get shocked by the actual numbers. Perhaps 20% of Loyola LA's 2012 class had what could under an extremely generous definition be considered an arguably good employment outcome. This includes all FT/LT jobs with firms of more than 25 lawyers, all PI jobs, all judicial clerkships (state and federal), and all "government" jobs. Basically anything that might (I emphasize might) constitute a positive outcome relative to average COA.
Nearly a quarter of the class was completely unemployed, and that's not counting the 34 people in make-work law school funded jobs (most of which were both short-term and part-time).
But the scariest numbers are the 92 graduates that are not seeking/still unemployed (22.6%)
If you can retake it, then do it. You're a non-traditional who already has substantial work and life experience. The years might not be on your side at first glance relative to your fellow law school peers, but your resume would say otherwise to future employers.
After two LSAT takes, I was looking at Loyola IF I got off the WL. Now I'm going to a T30 school with a half scholly (still not a true TLS success story, but a success story relative to where I was at a year ago).
If you recognize that you want to go to Loyola only to hang up your own shingle/work for a local law firm in the community specializing in divorces, small claims, representing small business, etc, then maybe Loyola is right for you if you can accept the current price. If you have a bigger ego/plans for yourself in terms of career, then maybe Loyola is not it for you.
Now in regards to studying for the LSAT, taking a prep course and working diligently within the framework of the prep course's homework and offerings will not be enough for most people out there. You really need to go above and beyond what a prep course has to offer. Noodley's retake guide is the key for self-study. Prep courses are excellent starting points, but only you yourself can take yourself over that high 160s/170 mark.
If you can look in the mirror and tell yourself that you gave the LSAT your all and that you are truly happy attending Loyola at your current COA, then make the jump. If you have an ounce of doubt and you know you can do better, then you know what to do. But just be sure to know that retaking the LSAT will not automatically equate to a high jump in score if you do not put in substantial work. And even then, you can't control for the real test on the actual date. But you have
to give yourself that shot.
You don't want to start attending a law school and have any "what ifs." You could attend LLS and be the next Arrow and starting gunning from the get go and then transfer to Boalt or something. But odds are not in your favor.