confused_0L wrote:After a certain number of retakes, you just have to assess your options, decide if you can make the finances work, and shoot for good job prospects.
I agree with you to a certain extent. There are going to be people who top out at 165, 166, etc. That's unavoidable.
But the issue is then that people don't change their ambitions. A lot of these posters remain biglaw-or-bust, or high-level-federal-agency-or-bust, or impossibly-prestigious-PI-fellowship or bust. They then convince themselves that they will, in fact, be in the top of their class, and they seem pretty disappointed when they realize that a lot of other students decided to do better than them.
The bigger issue is when people "top out" in the 150s and convince themselves that 1) they can't do better and 2) they will beat the employment statistics at [insert school where you have a 1/3 chance of not being a lawyer after graduating here]. They're usually still incurring quite a bit of debt, because their numbers aren't good enough for a full ride. But they have decided to turn a blind eye to their salary prospects after school, which results in them getting very touchy when asked how they're planning on paying down their loans.
If you really peak at a certain point, then great. Go with that score. But make sure you're being realistic about what your school choices mean for your career and your finances. And for a lot of people, that equates to being realistic about whether law school is the right choice for you at this point in time.