uscmas412 wrote:I took the LSAT and did poorly (152) in 2007 due to not studying, however I plan to re-test within the year. How do most schools approach LSAT scores that are almost a decade apart? I remember from my younger days that it was school dependent, but I'm not sure if much has changed. Secondly, what is a realistic window of improvement if someone is dedicated to LSAT prep? Is a 13-18 point improvement outrageous?
I don't think schools will even see that score, but if they do they won't give it weight since it will have been expired for several years. For your latter question, check out the LSAT forum. Such improvements are not unheard of, particularly from smart people willing to work hard over the course of several (6-12) months after a poor first effort with minimal prep.
uscmas412 wrote:Finally, giving up a comfortable and generous salary to be a poor student again while I have a family to support represents a serious financial risk. What is the viability of starting income from schools ranked in the lower T1-upper T2 area? Ideally I would need a starting salary in the low $100's. Thanks for the help!
Viability is low, especially if your key word is "starting." Legal salary distributions are bimodal, with large firm salaries usually starting at 160k, or 120-145 in smaller markets, while the vast
majority of other legal jobs have starting salaries that are much lower - something more like 30k (cash-poor public interest gigs) to 65k (government). Very few jobs exist in the middle.
The best place to get salary data would be LawSchoolTransparency.com. There you can see what jobs people are actually getting out of whatever law schools you might consider. Even at top schools, the number of people who get jobs in the salary range you want out side of big firm jobs is negligible. You can see that in the salaries section here
. It's all or nothing.
Which is all a long way of saying that if you want to go to law school you'd either have to be comfortable making much less than 100k, go to a school that gives you a good shot at a large firm, or - preferably - both. Virtually any T1/T2 will stack the odds against you significantly, so if you (a) really want to go to law school, and (b) are firm on that salary requirement, you really need to do well enough on your LSAT that you can have a shot at a top school.