Most here will and do disagree!! But understand this: most here are incoming 1Ls who are going to T1 schools and are here to brag and feel like hot stuff.
The best advice I have found is this:
My previous landlord, the senior partner of a prestigious Orlando law firm told me "it is better to go to a mediocre school and end up looking extraordinary, by graduating at the top, than to go to a great school and end up looking mediocre, by graduating in the middle"
Here's a guy who actually hires new lawyers from time to time, so I value his opinion greatly. . .
I graduate UFlorida in a month with a 3.65 and a 161 lsat and have been accepted to UF, Stetson, and Barry. I asked e-mailed my old landlord and asked him again-- He said, "do you think you can graduate at the top at UF?"
"I don't know, i'm average going in . . . "
"Can you graduate the top at Barry?"
"Seeing as I am accustomed to performing at a much higher level, and at a much better school, than 95% of anyone going to Barry, i'd have to be cocky and say, ABSOLUTELY!"
"The feeling in our camp is we like people at the top of their classes"
So, there you go.
Nothing wrong with being a big fish in a small pond-- one benefit is that being the 'big fish' allows you to take advantage of Law Review and Moot Court. Whereas squeaking into the best school you possibly can doesn't give you terribly great odds on taking advantage of limited programs.
I see what you are saying here. However, an important thing to remember is that attending a school like Barry means that you don't have a safety net. One may think
that they can graduate at the top of Barry, but there is always the possibility that they won't perform as well as they think. You might get sick, have family issues, or any number of challenges that may affect your grades in law school. Also, there are many people that do well in their area of study as a UG that have trouble in law school because of the concepts/teaching styles etc. The bottom line is there is NO GUARANTEE that anyone will be able to finish in the top of their school no matter where they go - and then where are you? a law grad with few job prospects and buried in debt.
Certainly, there are people who can have a fantastic career graduating from any school, but there is also a huge risk that goes with some schools. If I were in the situation of the original poster, I would take a year off, retake the LSAT and try to get into a better school.