The LSAT is easily the most learnable thing in the world. I went from a 148 diagnostic to a 180 (most recent was 177) from last October to now. It's totally possible. Use Pithypike's guide.The less debt you take on by getting your LSAT up, the better.
You should update the original post in this thread if you got a 171 OP. The below was posted prior to seeing that....
In response to the poster who claimed a 148 --> 180 jump: Holy wow.
I think that type of jump is very rare, but apparently sometimes it can happen. I definitely disagree that anybody can learn to score a 180 though--1 in 6,000 actually achieve that score on test day, and it is typically not from lack of trying or lack of prep that the 5,999 fall short IMO (but in some cases it could be due to that). Even 170 will be a stretch for many people is the reality--and I mean after tons of practice (170 is still 97th%tile after all, among a competitive test-taking pool). But that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying.
Right now OP I would not go to any law school that will take you with your current numbers. All due respect, if you can't break 160 on next attempt after more study I do question whether you are cut out for the extremely detailed and logical and time-demanding work that law ultimately entails. That is aside from the fact that until you can hit around 170 none of the schools you can get into will likely be worth attending (with limited exceptions depending on scholarship offers or personal circumstances).