Over the past month I have been going back and forth on withdrawing my offer from a T2 school. To help you understand my situation I guess some background info is needed. I recently graduated from a tier 1 undegrad with a 4.00 lsdas gpa in history. I studied intensely for my LSAT for about a year and my scores ranged from a 163-168 with occasional 170’s (174 was the highest). I took the LSAT in june of my junior year (2011) and received a 160. Honestly, my anxiety completely crippled me and I could barely remember the test. I was ready to cancel my score but ended up with that 160. I then applied to Rutgers, Villanova, Temple, Fordham PT , and Minnesota(just because they gave me a fee waiver). When I applied my gpa was 3.95 and has obviously come up since then. I know some are wondering why I didn’t retake this past year. To be honest the excuses are numerous ( I must admit anxiety was one of them but not the only one) but let’s just face the fact that I didn’t take the LSAT again. I was accepted to the T2 schools but was WL at Fordham and UMN. However, I was accepted off the waitlist at Fordham.
I ended up sending my seat deposits to one of the T2 schools in the philly region. Unfortunately, I have since wondered whether I should wait out the year, retake the LSAT, and reapply. My real concern is if I score lower. I have no problem attending the T2 school but am wondering (with my gpa) whether I should have put up a better fight to go to a top school. The reality is many kids dream to go to a top school but few accomplish the feat. I don’t want to be naïve about my situation. How would it look to reapply to this former school next cycle even I would have forfeited my second seat deposit with them? Again how would a lower score look? Am I even thinking correctly on waiting out a whole year just to go to another school or just plain beating a dead horse that needs to be put to rest?
I stopped reading right there. Retake.
Your GPA alone makes it worth taking the LSAT again. Hell, if you even got 5 more points (165), you could get into better schools. At 168, you would really have some good prospects.
Now, if said T2 (I'm assuming Temple) offered you a full ride or something, then MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYBE people would be saying that you should go. Maybe
Your GPA just gives you too many possibilities to pass up. Just retake.