First, thanks so much for your continued help on this board. My query is this: after this summer, I'll have a low cumulative GPA (~3.1). I'm fairly confident I could raise that almost a tenth of a point if I wait to apply until the spring, when my fall grades will factor in. In your experience, is the extra tenth of a point worth forgoing the advantage of applying early? I've taken the June LSAT, so if I do apply in the fall I'll have everything ready to go the day schools start accepting applications.
My inclination is that applying early is more of an advantage than that extra GPA bump, especially since I'm under the 25th GPA percentile (but hopefully above the 75th LSAT percentile) for all of the schools I'm applying to.
A 3.0 is treated the same as a 3.1 is treated the same as a 2.5. Theyre all below the school's 25th%, which is all that matters... so you might as well apply early.