Hi, thanks for the input. I just spoke to my pre-law advisor and he claims that I would be competitive at schools ranked as high up as 18 - 22. But would I really make it into those schools, given my 163 / 3.8?
I am also leaning towards re-taking the LSAT and re-applying next cycle instead of applying with the 163 LSAT this late in the cycle, but the pre-law advisor said that I should do both. His logic was that I should see whether I get "outright rejected" from certain schools or waitlisted, because one way or the other it would be telling for my second round of applying. But to me that sounds like a waste of money and energy, especially if I know I only want to go to T14 schools.
How do law schools, especially in the T14, really view LSAT retakes (with no apparent reason)? How do they really view reapplying?
The other big question on my mind is concerning age. I will be turning 29 right when I graduate, if I go to law school in Fall 2011. I've heard that law schools would count this against me (perhaps especially given that I am a woman). So if I were to delay attending law school by one more year, or even two, would that significantly impact my chances at employment with the big law firms?
(It's not helpful that the most emailed article on the NYTimes is currently "Is Law School a Losing Game?")
Thanks very much.