I think that you are probably in a preferred position for GMU, even with the misdemeanor on your record. GMU is the place to be if you are interested in Economics, so I think you have a well prepared plan.
Good job on the LSATs! I really envy anyone who does well on them. I practiced for 8 months until September of 2003 (scoring around 167 on my practice tests) when my younger brother was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. Then I let the whole thing fall by the wayside until December (after his surgery). I'm proud of my mediocre score (158) because I followed through with it, but I was still such an emotional wreck that I could barely fill in the bubbles on the score card!
I'm glad it's over and grateful that I have one acceptance (Catholic) under my belt. It's a huge relief knowing my brother is doing well and I will be going to school in the fall.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. i actually took the LSAT in Sep of 98 and got a 165. unfortunately, that puts me just over the 5 year cutoff so i have to retake it. i do expect to score better then that this time, as i am preparing more, but we all know the LSAT is not an exact science, and there are no guarantess of how you will perform on a given day.
i also have a misdemeanor on my record from 5 years ago. obviously that will work against me, but im hoping that with numbers that should be above median, a solid resume from 5 years out in the working world, and a considerable amount of volunteer work including big bro/big sis and teaching at an adult program for GMU for 2 years, they will give me the benefit of the doubt.
im going to apply to GMU, GWU, GULC, American, and CUA. i want to go to GMU primarily because the economics focus really appeals to me and the in-state tuition will make the financial aspects very manageable.
but yeah, i am planning on having my apps in the mail the week they start accepting them. i already wrote my personal statement, explanation of the misdemeanor and will be getting my LORs together in early summer. its actually a freak coincidence that i taught for a GMU sponsored community program. i did it just to get the teaching experience but liked it so much, i just kept doing it. at the time i didnt even realize it was GMU sponsered nor was i aware that GMU even had a good law school, or even that i would want to go to law school in the first place. Im figuring that may be the one thing ive done that will shift the scale in my favor against the misdemeanor.
Also in regards to the ppl with higher numbers getting rejected to the PT program, i have this thought. It makes sense that schools that create part time programs do so primarily to provide a means for students to attend law school who would be unable to attend full time. I can see them giving more leniance to ppl who are out working full time with bills to pay who obviously could not go full time then to people whos likely motivation for applying part time would be to gain an admissions advantage. this is just a theory, but could help explain the discrepency between PT/FT numbers at virtually all the schools i have looked at.