I applied to all my schools late, about 2 weeks before deadline. I thought my numbers were enough to get in somewhere decent. I was rejected by UCLA, USC, Boalt (all understandable)........ but also by Loyola LA, Hastings, and Illinois-Champagne. If i wait to re-apply for class of 2013, and apply early (turn in apps first week they are accepted), would I get in to at least one of those above schools? Is turning in an application early REALLY that important?
Retake the LSAT. (This is the least important of the three)
Turning an application in early is VERY IMPORTANT. If you apply earlier to all those schools, I guarantee you that you will get in somewhere.
Apparently...Schools accept people on a rolling basis, they don't wait until the deadline and then look at the applicant pool as a whole. So there are many more spots at the beginning of the cycle, and very few at the end.