99.9luft wrote:OP, take another year, trust me. I was in your shoes re taking the LSAT when i wasn't ready/taking it with 5hr energy and messing up/wanting to pee myself and messing up. On top of all that, I was denied the retake permission earlier this summer. Was lost at first, but then got an amazing, career-changing job and now laugh at my own worries and how unimportant the LSAT is in the large scheme of things (i am a couple of years older than you, too). I am allowed to take the June 2012 administration. It is so much better going into it now knowing that if i get the same crappy score, I can always keep my current job and this non-LS plan B gives me a certain level of confidence to perform well under pressure of the June test. That's the pessimist. Meanwhile, the optimist in me is thinking of that long-coveted 175 that would send me to a good school. The point is - evaluate your options well and be mindful of the opportunity cost.
Also, don't double-down on the LSAT. Get an interesting job, go to the gym, don't make the LSAT the bane of your existence or the only thing on your mind 24/7 for the next year. I am glad you are now thinking of taking a year off and retaking. It is now up to you to make it a great year. I remember being slightly depressed about the prospect of delaying LS for another year, but now I think it is the best decision I have made this year.
PM me if you have questions.
Wow. Yeah. I think the fact that I obsessed about the LSAT for months and months on end (before June, then after getting my score before my Oct retake) really played a factor in the level of stress that led me to my demise. It was all I thought about and I would freak out when I would get less than perfect on any section. Nothing else mattered in my life aside from getting that score. I saw friends but I didn't really
care about anything else aside from the LSAT.
Thanks a lot for your insight, I'll let you know if I have any qs.
EDIT: If you don't get 175 in June, are you not going to go to LS?