Just background so I can hopefully get solid answers. 3.63 LSAC gpa and I just took the LSAT a couple of days ago. Not a URM. I was practicing in the 155-162 range and my goal was 155+. I am a military veteran and was a police officer for around ten years (patrol and detective), which piqued my interest in practicing criminal law. I was fortunate to obtain an offer for employment at both a private firm and a DA's office in my area (assuming all goes well and I make it through ok).
After sitting for the LSAT a couple of days ago, I am near certain that I will be lucky to have scored a couple of points below my target school's 25th%, and my GPA is above their 75th%. Without discussing the contents directly the last two games killed me. What has been everybody's experience with reverse splitters?
Is the low'ish LSAT worth an addendum? I do not have a good excuse, I simply had to pee like crazy during RC and bombed the last two games. I already signed up to retake in Feb however, I know from studying since August and taking a prep course that my absolute maximum potential right now is a 162 on a great day.
I have an insecurity about the process, but I am wondering if many schools will even care. I completed my first two years of undergrad at a community college because it was the cheapest option. I then did a semester in person at a large state school while employed as a police officer, and quickly figured out that finishing online was the way to go due to me having on-call requirements as a detective. I finished online at a large state school's online arm. Will they care? Should I explain in my ps or an addendum why it was necessary to finish online instead of in-person?
So, some basic facts.
Being a reverse splitter is worse than being a splitter. Let me explain why-
As a general rule, the law schools are fully aware of the amount of grade inflation that goes on in UG. So it's (harder) to impress them with a great UG score. On the other hand, they can understand that someone had (insert excuse here) a bad uGPA, but the "objective and national" LSAT score shows that they will succeed in law school. More importantly (and to the point!) good uGPAs are a dime a dozen, good LSAT scores aren't. When it comes to the USNWR rankings, they are willing to accept that "hit" (really, it's not a hit, but a certain amount of low scores that don't count because they are below the threshold) in the uGPAs to get some sweet, sweet high LSATs. You don't get that same phenomenon in reverse.
That's the bad news. The good news is as follows:
1. You're non-traditional, so your life experience will count a (very) little. So there's that!
2. You already have soft offers of jobs ... and really, that's awesome! Seriously. Unlike 95%+ of applicants, you already have a light at the end of the tunnel that isn't just the train of student debt coming to hit you.
Okay, so with that in mind, keep plugging. Don't be insecure. Re-take the test. And whatever you do, don't make excuses for your performance. It is what it is, and whatever awesome life experience and maturity you bring to the table and will be shown in your application will vanish if you are saying that your LSAT score was a few points lower than you had hoped because you didn't time your bathroom breaks correctly. Seriously.
You should be fine. You might want to apply to more than one school (if possible). Other than that- good luck!