Neil_Gorsuch wrote:I'm 167, 3.95. I just hit my third take - first was in September 2014 so I could still retake a fourth time - bu I'm wary about taking again even though in the days before the exam I was averaging 173 or so. I have great softs and work experience - domestic and international (worked with President, Minister of Defense in a Baltic country in addition to some other work on Middle East) - along with a position as a fellow at a national security think-tank in D.C. in addition to my main job as a management consultant. I also did a pretty extensive undergrad thesis on Islamic Law in the Ottoman Empire as an additional academic cred.
What schools do I have a reasonable change at? I have thought about retaking and am confident I could improve my score to 170+ , but am nervous as to how a fourth take would be perceived. Any advice?
While doubtless they are good and could make a difference in avoiding a WL situation, I'm not sure those are 'great' softs. I had no shortage of classmates with substantive domestic and international political experience. Of course you are summarizing here and there might be something really substantive in your work. Great softs generally require achievement more than connections. Have you won an international medal of some description, or flown a fighter/led troops into combat? Those are the kind of softs that truly make a difference to applications.
As others above have said, your LSAT score does disservice to your excellent GPA. You should retake.