“Nate, I’m bad at standardized tests. But my GPA is high, and I have a really interesting story and some great work experience. I’ll be getting some really good recommendation letters and will craft an exceptional personal statement. Law schools will obviously take all that into consideration, so I can afford a slightly lower LSAT score, right?”
Not that you don’t have all of those things. But there are way too many people applying for law school every year, and a 170+ LSAT score is the one thing that can genuinely set you above the crowd.