Get a damn job, work for a few years, then retake the LSAT and come back.
As I mentioned above, I can't really take the LSAT again. I actually fainted twice during the process. I know this sounds insane, but it's real.
As far as a job, any suggestions?
Congrats on the half-ride at Cornell! Are you going to go there? I always had my doubts about living in Ithaca, but it is undeniably a great school! I am not interested in Vandy. Let's limit my schools to Blue States east of the Mississippi. (That's not a political thing, it just is an easier way of describing the places I would consider. It's not because of politics, it's because of family ties/plans for the future. I'm actually a moderate Republican, so am only using the blue state thing for convenience.)
Yes I will be attending Cornell. I had similar dispositions about job location. I have no ties to the south so I ended up not choosing vandy even though they offered more money. And Cornell wasn't outrageously expensive for me. I wouldn't worry about the geographic location if it's a t14 at a good price. Those schools will all be able to get New York. As far as more regional schools are concerned, you're looking at Fordham, BC, BU etc. they will likely give you significan amounts of money. I'd also apply to Wustl and vandy as they may give you significant money. Even if you don't want to go there you can use the money as a bargaining chip with northeastern schools that tend to be more stingy.
Also, as far as a job, apply to a wide array of things, even if it doesn't use your degree. I spent a year working at a big law firm in the market I'm from. It won't help you from an admissions standpoint or a recruiting one. However, it helped give me personal perspective on whether I really wanted to choose law. Honestly though, if I were doing this again I would work in an unrelated field. I tried a few internships in public relations and consulting but they didn't really click. I wonder if they would have if I worked full time there.
At any rate, I'd recommend working for perspectives sake.