There are plenty of successful people who DIDN'T get into a top 30 school. If you are applying based soley on rankings, you shouldn't be applying. That's common sense. Plenty of important political figures didn't even attend a top 30.
This is awful logic. The fact that we can snag a few anecdotal political figures who didn't attend top law schools says NOTHING. We have hard data showing the immense disparity in job prospects between people at lower ranked schools and higher ranked schools. Any school with a 150 LSAT median is going to be putting less than a quarter of their students into legal jobs. You'd be lucky to score a 30k/year job from some of these tier 3/tier 4 schools. That is just a fact.
Odds are, unless something affected your score in a way you can pinpoint (did you not study very much? have you been ill?), you won't score much higher the second time around.
There is a poster on this board who scored like a 154 the first time around and then got a 170+ and is now at Northwestern. And there are plenty of others just like him. It is doable.
If you take it again, the way your scoring has gone, all the seats will be taken by the time you do apply this cycle. If you wait until next year, you'll be out an entire year's worth and two years until you finally go.
So rushing into a decision that involves soul-crushing debt and horrific job prospects is better than waiting a year to work hard, re-take the LSAT, and reassess your goals?
You stand a better chance at applying with an average LSAT early in the cycle. You'll still get into a good school (the term 'good' is relative, but more skewed when you are a prick) and get a solid education at a lower-ranked school--and remember, the ABA doesn't rank schools, magazines do.
This isn't about rankings. Screw the rankings, I don't give a shit about them. This is about employment prospects. There are almost twice as many graduates every year as there are jobs. Who do you think those jobs are going to? Ave Maria? Cooley? Think again. A third or fourth (or even second) tier school is not going to offer very good job prospects for the overwhelming number of their students. Unlike you, I am actually in law school and I know a thing or two about the state of the profession. Things are BLEAK right now. I have a pretty good scholarship to a T20 law school, and I can tell you that I am nervous as shit about getting a job right now.
There are also ways to score interviews that can help your chances, if you have enough initiative.
False. I can only think of two law schools that interview.
And, there is always the possibility of transferring to a more reputable institution after the first year, if you feel it will serve your career.
Do you have any fucking idea how hard law school is? Transferring up to a more reputable school requires you to be in the top of your class. Do you know how hard it is to be in the top of your class when you are surrounded by people of equal or greater ability and you are being graded on a curve?
It is INFINITELY easier to retake the LSAT and score higher than it is to go to a poor school and try to transfer up.
Don't listen to idiots who are just trying to intimidate the competition away.
If people were trying to intimidate the competition away, why would they be telling OP to retake? Wouldn't they be telling him to attend a T3 in order to minimize the competition?
TL;DR version: Even though I am fairly certain you are a flame, you should keep your stupid opinions to yourself. If people listen to this kind of advice, they are potentially screwing their financial and professional future away.