I wouldnt not go to a school because only your "second" lsat shows you will be competitive there. But im bias.
Anyways, that kk guy has one good point if you are going to take the year off you are not going to try for 2-3 more points. You need to focus on getting into the 170s then see what happens, dont settle when you average higher, then you would be wasting your time
. Oh, also Howard is a good school, but I dont know if you would get a lot of money from them at this point. So why not retake so if howard is your option you can get a lot of money from them.
Um.. I retook and look at it in two ways.
1st I could go to the school I would have gotten into with my first score, but now for free.
2nd The better school which I get into because of the score will simply have better job prospects. Sure It may be more competitive, but it could also lack some arbitrary teacher that fails you. Who knows how you will do. dwelling on and making decisions based on some imaginary result that only factors in how many times you took the test compared to your classmates, is ridiculous. Once again im biased.
Oh and if you take a year off you can relax and do research on what it takes to score well in law school. Heck learn how to type 100 words per minute. I think things like this would offset what ever it meant when you scored lower on your first test.
Just to make what I said more legit, Im black