One common theme seems to be the idea that standardized tests are a good indicator of performance in school. That's a bunch of bunk and there's lots of evidence that supports that. I too did well on the practice tests and only got a 148 on the actual exam. I graduated college with a 2.99 GPA due to some extenuating circumstances, primarily during senior year, but managed to raise my graduate GPA to a 3.45. Despite the obvious vast improvement, admissions gurus at 12 universities thought I was too stupid to go to their law school. For those of you in the same boat, don't sweat it. First of all, you can always retake the LSAT if the score is just that low. Second, law schools really like to play the numbers game, despite evidence that their admissions indexes are useless in determining your future success, so don't shoot for the stars if your numbers aren't in line with your dream school's index. You won't get in regardless of how many great recs you have or how extenuating your circumstances are. Third, whenever the economy is in a slump and jobs are hard to find, people like to look toward higher education as a way to bide their time until they find a job. If you really want to practice law, wait a few years, get some real world experience, and try again. And finally, if you are worried that you won't get a good job if you "settle" for a school that's not in tiers one or two, think again. I know several people that didn't even go to ABA accredited schools who are working at prestigious firms throughout the country. There are a several good reasons to pick a less notable school. I highly recommend reading "Law School Confidential" if you're serious about pursuing a career in law. It's very informative and more realistic about life after law school than any other book I've come across. Anyway, good luck to everyone and don't take rejections personally. If Harvard rejects you, you're likely better off at a school who respects your individual accomplishments and not their status quo.