Thanks for that, although you and I both know that the school's name that goes on your J.D. dictates what opportunities you are allowed to have, not to mention the quality of experience you have in earning the J.D.
I agree to a large extend on the first point - for most jobs. But if you go to a good regional and look for opportunities around the school that is not that bad.
I don't necessarily agree with the second point as much. I see law school as a way to socialize, network, and earning that diploma. This doesn't have to be done at a top school to be done well, although I am very familiar and do appreciate the top schools. But you can do that in many of the schools you will get into.
Not being an ass, but you can also try retake with your GPA if it doesn't work out. I may retake in Feb...
Believe you me, "retake" has been on my mind since I saw my score in October. If I do re-take, though, it won't be until June, although I hope it doesn't come to it. I'm not too worried about debt load because I have the yellow ribbon program and other things covering a decent chunk of the cost associated with LS but I do have some fairly stringent geographical requirements mostly related to my husband and his work. Basically anywhere in a big city would be fine I suppose. I kind of applied with that in mind, and tried to get a really good "shotgun" approach to it, really emphasizing that "reach - target - safety" mentality.
About my 2nd point - It's hard to elucidate precisely what it is that I mean, but I think I can sum it up by saying that I appreciate a very academic, "hard core" type of schooling and I don't know if lower T1 schools (and below) would really offer that kind of rigor. I have carried 16+ quarter units since I started undergrad and have never received a grade lower than A- (And that grade only a couple of times). From what I HEAR, schools where you have the majority of students in the lower to mid 150 LSAT range and 3.2-3.5 GPA range don't offer the same "mind screw" and work load demands that schools higher up do. I could be wrong about this and so my could my admittedly small sample of sources and am willing to accept any and all counterexamples.