Law school will always be there. As others have said, you can do a variety of things to improve your application in the meantime. Doing volunteer work that you are passionate about/find meaningful can only make your application stronger. I put off law school for 3 years (while working for 2 of them, volunteered during the 3rd year) until I had an application that I felt was strong enough and would allow me to apply in a timely manner.
Or just get a higher LSAT.
It really is your choice though. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to do.
I spent all of last year studying for the LSAT, the only times I wasn't studying for it was when I was waiting for the scores to come back, it's not likely to get much better than it is now. I can't afford to travel or to stop working to volunteer and after looking for a job twice (once after graduating and once after being laid off) I have never come remotely close to do doing anything I went to school for (and not for lack of trying) or anything where I'd make enough to move out of my parents house. It might be different if I got waitlisted at more places but they were flat out rejections. Cardozo is my best option
This is definitely not over yet. Waitlists do move. My question is why you didn't apply to the entire T7-14? Why no UVA, Northwestern, Michigan, or Cornell? Was it a small town thing (though that clearly doesn't apply to Northwestern)? If you didn't maximize your chances in this cycle by applying as widely as possible or applying as early as possible, I am confident you would get different and better results if you waited and did both. How much diligence did you do with other parts of your app (DS, PS)? Did you have them read over by multiple people? There are plenty of things you can do to strengthen the soft parts of your application.
I also can't get away from the fact you have a numbers twin, aiaea, who frequents these boards. She's 3.3/162 AAf and had a great cycle http://lawschoolnumbers.com/aiaea/
. You may try to point out that she's a HYPS undergrad, and that's fair, but she's consistently credited her exacting attention to every other element of her application to account for her success. She also took the test multiple times, so you're similar in that regard.
But, I think it's more important to be supportive on here than hyper-critical (I think bosmer has done a great job of this ITT). I don't think you're torpedoing your life by going to Cardozo, but you are selling a ton of upside to buy very little downside protection. You know yourself, and if you really think that you can't take another year of working in a job you don't care for, living at home, and enduring another LS app cycle, then I understand. But if there's even a chance you could hold on for one more year and get those applications in in September, your chances are better than not of getting better results. There are reasons to be optimistic about next years cycle--the collapse in applications could continue, opening up further opportunities. Either way, good luck!