In a simple answer . . . YES. First and foremost, if your dream is to be a lawyer, dream to be as great a lawyer as possible, and start right now. Great lawyering skills develop from personal standards, not institutional goals. It is as true at a T1 school as it is at an unranked part-time program. Second, you never know where the future takes you. You might be starting down the street at the local law school, but what if you end up number one in your class and get the opportunity to transfer? That LSAT score comes back into play. Why limit your opportunities. Third, as a law school dean who does regular one-on-one academic counseling, I always look back at undergraduate GPA and LSAT as factors in recommending appropriate academic support programs. Both are faulty indicators for many reasons (but that is another discussion), but they are possible red flags for standardized testing skills . . . and the bar exam is the ultimate standardized timed test. Finally, law school is a huge investment, in time and money. If you are questioning an $800 "buy-in", perhaps you are not financially ready to undertake the cost of law school. I say that not in any demeaning way. However, the academic stress of law school can be unbearable if you are also stressing out about the cost as well. Good luck and start preparing.