Moonlight wrote:When you say worthwhile, you're thinking of big bucks, yes? The thing is I can't take a year off. I need to dive right in. I've heard people do well out of Santa Clara and Hastings that's why I'm interested in these schools because I have a more realistic chance of getting in.
You have plenty of time to study for a better score in December if you want to go next year. Otherwise, wait a year. No one HAS to go to law school. A very small percentage of grads from Hastings and Santa Clara get the kinds of jobs you'd need to pay off the enormous debt you'd take on by going to either of them for three years. Without a higher LSAT the cost will simply be too high to make that gamble worthwhile.
You've been directed to lawschooltransparency. You've been told what you need to do by plenty of informed people. At this point you just need to overcome your own optimism bias and realize what you're getting yourself into. Once you do the decision to retake, and sit out a year if necessary, will be easy.
A few years ago I was all ready to attend the University of San Diego with a moderate scholarship. Thought I'd study hard (for the first time in my life) and finish in the top ten percent, where I'd need to end up to make the whole exercise worthwhile. As time went on though, I realized just how ridiculous this was. If I couldn't sit my ass down and study for the LSAT like I've never studied for a test before, how was I supposed to just waltz into law school and stomp everybody else? So I sat out another year (and by then I was already 27) and re-took the LSAT. Best decision I ever made.
You get one chance to go to law school. Once chance to get your legal career started on the right path. Why would you half-ass that? Take the time to do this right.