OK Firemed, I will shamefully admit that my LSAT was 147. I know, it's deplorable, I think I already said that LOL. I did all I could do with the UGA. I did a few credit hours in the 80's and had ONE course that was not an 'A'. Every other class I have taken in the 80's and the 00's were 'A' and most 94 - 100 A's so I'm not sure how LSAC determines their GPA's, but at any rate, I did all I could there, but the LSAT was the first standardized test I had taken since the 80's and I didn't do any better now than then!
I have one offer for admit to TSU and an offer for Summer Law Screening at USD (that's South Dakota, not San Diego), but I've been reading such discouraging posts on TSU. I just don't know...
The out of state tuition at UNM may be more than I can do even if I were to get in. Honestly, I expected to get a denied a long time ago from UNM. The fact that my status checker still says application complete (since 2/3) makes me wonder. UNM is without question my first choice, but I was questioning if I could do it before I read about the 7% increase.
I have considered NM my home always. I have missed it every single day since I left on 2/5/1993! - I'm not getting any younger! I would really hate to put off starting law school another year. At this point I am strongly considering going with TSU and praying for a transfer for 2L.
147 is bad, but it isn't the end of the world. You haven't been denied, so there is still hope. Obviously your GPA and softs have made you someone they consider. And they have let in people with lower LSATs than you in the past. So don't give up hope yet.
Let me address four points:
1) Tuition: This might not be as big an issue if you consider that after the first year you will have in-state. This will make it cheaper than many other schools that offer small scholarships. When you pay $14K per year for your last two, it isn't that bad.
2) You cannot count on a transfer. Consider that you would need to be at least
top third to transfer. Given that law school is on an enforced curve, this means a 66% chance you WON'T make it. Not worth the risk in my opinion.
3) I too have heard bad things about TSU, FWIW.
4) Seriously consider retaking if you don't get in this year. I know that is the cliche advice on TLS, but it is sometimes good advice. The LSAT is a learnable test.
Your GPA shows you know how to work. Consider this scenario: Get the Powerscore Bibles. They will help you with timing, and identifying your weaknesses. Their Logic Games Bible alone helped me score 5 points higher on the LSAT than my first timed test at home. 5-10 point increases are well documented using the bibles combined with two to three practice tests a week under realistic (and timed) conditions... and some people report as high as 20 point increases. By October you will probably be ready to score a 155-160 (or higher). With your GPA that gives you a good chance at UNM. Also, if you moved to the state before then, IMO, you would be a shoe-in with the in-state boost.
Good luck! I really hope this is all pointless for me to post, and that I will see you next year!