berkeleykel06 wrote:I hate to be a downer but this really should be the retake thread. I was squarely in you guy's position with a 166/3.95 last year.
There is absolutely nothing keeping you guys out of the T6 or the T14 w/$$ except one test that can be studied for.
Not trying again when you haven't maxed out your 3 tries is basically wasting thousands and thousands of dollars in scholarship money or career prospects. You are not maximizing your potential. Sure, you may get lucky and get into a UVA or Penn, but you'll be paying sticker there when you have no business doing so. A couple of points on the LSAT could mean a literal $100,000 (plus interest) difference. Similarly, you may get big money at a top 50 school, but why settle for this when you could get big money at a T14?
You may think you are making the best decision now, but if you're anything like me in a few months when it's time to sign your loans and the shit gets real you'll regret this decision and wish you had taken a year off to work a bit and retake, but by then it will be much more difficult to switch gears.
I love reverse splitters (yay for hard work during undergrad), but this is a really major life decision and I just wanted to give you guys my perspective. Please don't hate.
FWIW, I'm paying sticker at UVA (RD)
I am going to have to agree with HeavenWood.
Also, I believe the advice given is a touch presumptuous. Personally, as someone who is taking care of an ailing parent, I value spending as much time as I can with my family before law school. I value my time so much that chasing a number seems silly to me. As I am not swimming in debt from my prior education, paying sticker for solid legal training is not so loathsome. In conclusion, your values may not necessarily be someone else’s values.