Based on all I've read (I'm a splitter), with your GPA you are probably out at upper half of the top 10. Northwestern, I've heard, is very friendly to splitters and to work experience. As most posters have said it will depend greatly on your LSAT. With my GPA, I've decided not to apply to my T14 choices (Duke, UVA), but instead decided to shoot for the school in my region that is ranked lower than the nationals, but have excellent placement in the region. Do you know where you'd like to work? Perhaps as a bit of a fall back, take some time and research how some of the 25-100 ranked schools do in your region. And, as a benefit, if you score well, and are above their 75% LSAT, there is a chance some of those schools will throw money at you. Unless you are dying to be a federal clerk, you ends could be met well/better by considering some of the lower ranked schools. Just my barely informed 2 cents...
I'm only 3 months into the idea of becoming a lawyer. I suppose I never considered it before b/c I had a pretty severe misconception of what lawyers actually did until I began work in my current field (mental health clinician).
I have a graduate degree already with a high GPA. However, my UGA is only 2.97. My practice LSAT's are in the 170's and I plan on studying from now until the next test. I've used the UGA/LSAT guesstimator to see where I stand and it's scary.
Since I'm new to the field, I'm not set on a Tier or a career post-grad in a large firm. I actually plan to work in a rural part of the country in public service. Still, the program that interests me the most in my region with the most opportunities, clinics, etc is a Top 10 school. Ugh.
I figure it's pretty much gone. Should I apply anyway, just in case? Since I come from a different field that seems a bit more subjective with their admissions criteria, I'm totally uncertain whether these numbers are hard and fast or flexible.
Thanks in advance. I'm 29 so all of my friends have long since completed this process and don't really have any current answers for me.
Oh, also, will they even get a chance to see that I have a graduate degree? Is there a way to sell myself that plays up my accomplishments in my field/public policy that can overdo the GPA?