okaygo wrote:Because that 162 took literally everything in me. I scored a 155 in June after studying since January, and after June I immediately went into prepping for October and all I did was study to perfect it. Plus, um, I already gave away all of my LSAT prep material.
A few weeks ago I came on TLS with a pretty similar story (162, somewhat similar GPA, one re-take remaining). Like you, my first try was in the mid-150's. I had been convinced that I'd maxed out my LSAT performance on my second re-take. Like you, I'd put everything I had into that re-take and felt I could give little more.
Upon bringing this story to TLS, I was advised of the following:
1. My unwillingness to re-take the exam could be taken as an indication that I am overly willing to settle for a score that is good "for my race" and that I therefore lack the drive necessary to succeed in law school.
2. That my willingness to settle indicated a mentality that wasn't good for URM's as a whole because a) too many URM's thinking like me = too few URMs pushing the envelope in the future and closing the LSAT gap between URMs and non-URMs and b) Affirmative action won't last forever and URM's needed to push the envelope to be ready.
3. That my reasons for settling did not justify what I was giving up (a shot at admission to better T-14s,more scholarship money at better schools, less debt, more career options in the future).
Having considered all of these things and followed the thread after that point (right up until October scores were released), I decided to re-take in December. Like you, I think I've maxed out my potential on the LSAT, but I feel based on the advice given here that it is best to leave absolutely not doubt and give myself the best chance of succeeding going forward.
With all that said, I think it would be in your best interest to reconsider a re-take.