Hi all! I would really appreciate your opinion on my situation.
I just took the July LSAT-FLEX and scored 167. This is my highest score so far as my previous PB (in practice) was 166. However, I did not feel good about the exam on the test day and thought that I could have done better. I definitely did not expect this score. I couldn't focus properly and I didn't recall a single question (from LR) right after the test. I thought I bombed the RC section as I wasn't able to immerse myself in the passages and absorb the information. On the other hand, I aced the LG section with 6 spare minutes to go during which I was able to even redo some of the Qs and double check my answers.
Factors I am considering:
I have a full time job (tax accountant at EY) so I don't have that much time for studying.
The 167 is my PB, however, I can't shake the feeling that I can do better.
My dream schools are Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Berkeley, but I would be happy to go to other school in California (where I would like to live afterwards - specifically in LA). I understand that my score is probably not good enough for any of my dream schools, but might be sufficient for schools like USC or even UCLA.
I am an international applicant and receiving financial support is very important to me.
Even though law schools take the highest LSAT score, they would see all of my other scores as well, and, if my second score is worse by 3 points or more than the current one, I would have to add an addendum and explain the variance. If this were to happen, I am afraid it would negatively affect the strength of the current 167 for the schools for which this score is a median or even above median.
If I am to retake the test, I believe that my best chance is to take another LSAT-FLEX as my strength is LG. Even though the October test might not be FLEX, if any exam in the near future is this format it would be the October one (for international test takers). Taking the October LSAT would also mean that I don't have to start studying from 0 as I just finished studying for the July test not long ago.
The schools I would like to apply to are: Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, Duke, NYU, Cornell, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, George Washington, UC - Irvine. Location is quite important to me and I would prefer to study in NY or CA, but I do love Notre Dame as well.
My undergraduate GPA is 3.97 (from Flagler College where I was a student-athlete) and I also have a Master's degree from Notre Dame with a GPA of 3.98. I am a CPA and I have worked for EY for nearly 4 years now - 1 year in Los Angeles and 3 years in London (and previously interned in Nashville). I am intrigued by Sports/Entertainment Law but think I would also be good at Business law.
Please let me know your suggestions!