Along with my TTT education I bring a business background and am entirely confident in my abilities to join the legal side of the venture capital field. A JD is a huge door, whether it's a Harvard JD or a Barry JD. I side with those who respect the person, not the school because everyone here knows there's Harvard grads that didn't earn an ounce of their "clout."
You sound a lot like I sounded last year. I go to a TLS TTT (a school in the T40-60), and I was convinced
last summer that taking a year off is a waste of time, and it'd end up costing me more money (it would in a loss equal to whatever I'm making the year before I retire, roughly). Anyway, I decided to push the "launch" button, as it were, and take a chance at the school I'm currently attending, instead of doing the rational and smart thing--petitioning for a chance to retake the LSAT and scoring significantly higher. I wish I had done that instead.
I was naive and dumb; I figured that, as an engineer, I'm automatically going to get the highest grade in the class. I mean come on, it's law...this is like liberal arts shit, right? People with liberal arts degrees go to law school because fast food places don't want to hear irrelevant rants about Kant. I could easily take these people out without flinching.
Well, I was wrong
. What I didn't factor into my equation was that these people ARE smart, they ARE good at what they do, and most importantly, they WILL work. If you can get above a 150 on the LSAT, guess what... you're smart. Law school doesn't filter out the smart people from the dumb people...it essentially erects a giant wall in front of you and tells you to climb over it. A certain amount of students will figure that digging under it is a novel and smart approach--they will wait till the last minute only to be screwed when they realize the wall extends underground--those are the students who don't return next year. The majority will wait until about a month before the deadline to start climbing...they will be tired, beaten up, and completely wrecked, but they will get over that wall. They are the median students. The remaining students, the top ones, they will have started training for this feat the first moment they can. They will read books about how others have climbed over the wall, they will talk to people who have done it in the past, and they will be ready. By the time the deadline comes, they will have made it over the wall without any problem. They are the superstars.
So why did I make this analogy? Because law school isn't about what you know, it's about how hard you're willing to work. Just because you have the ability to work your ass off doesn't mean that you have the motivation. You CAN do absolutely anything--there is no task that's 'impossible.' Can a Cooley graduate become a partner at Wachtell? I mean, a better bet would be 14 black at the roulette table, but I won't rule it out. There are, however, a lot of zeros between the decimal point and the digit in his percent chance of reaching this goal, but it's nevertheless possible. I can say with utmost certainty that the only way something like that would become a reality is if that person worked harder than anyone has ever worked for anything, ever. That's the truth.
Your goals aren't too different from mine, but you really need a dose of reality before anything else. Getting a VC job is one of the hardest things to do, and unless you have the commitment to do it, I can promise you it won't happen. Take a year off and REALLY work at taking the LSAT--if you want the path of least resistance, taking a year off to study your ASS off for this exam is worth every second. You would be paying to go to school, anyway--just extend it from a 3 year program to a 4 year program. Your first year is getting a 170+ on the LSAT. You don't want to be the Cooley grad trying to become a partner at Wachtell.