msanders44 wrote:what do you mean?
If your current score is making schools very expensive and a higher score (in a year when you have more time to study) would lower the cost and/or better schools, then you obviously should retake. Don't be in such a rush to get to law school.
OP, look at it this way. If I told you I would pay you $100,000 to take a year off and retake the LSAT, would you do it? Of course you would. And that's pretty much the decision you have here. A handful of LSAT points could net you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to law school.
You've already said that you didn't put as much time into this as you would have liked due to other time commitments. It doesn't sound like you studied anywhere near as hard as you could have, which means you almost certainly left a number of points on the table. Pre-med students studying for the MCAT eat, breathe, and sleep that shit for months, but for some reason, pre-law students blow off the LSAT and don't truly commit to it. Which is really a shame, because it leads to situations like the one you are in: considering an average school at an insane price. If you were to take a year off, and spend a few months studying (and I mean really
studying the right way), you could easily pick up a few points, maybe 10 or more. The LSAT is very learnable. This isn't a radical idea, as many people on TLS have done it and are VERY glad they did.
You could go back to STL, work (maybe as a paralegal or something?), make connections as a 0L, and put the time into the LSAT that it deserves. This is the most important test of your life, and you could fairly easily save 100k+ on a retake. I think you should give it some thought. Don't just rush into a six-figure mistake. The horror stories of the market are real, and you could easily find yourself un- or underemployed with debt up to your eyeballs. SLU at sticker ITE is financial idiocy. You owe it to yourself to retake and put yourself in the best position you can.