« on: April 11, 2007, 01:11:12 PM »
I'm a 30 yr old male non-trad and I'd just like to add a couple of things. First, my first GPA from eight years ago was HORRIBLE, a 2.2. I re-entered school in 2004 for a 2nd bachelor's degree (30 cred. program), and have a 3.6. I was hoping that many of the schools I applied to would recognize the improvement and use the current GPA when looking at my application. Guess what? They didn't.
Most schools told me that they considered the 2nd BA as grad work, which is not bad per se, but did not overcome my weak undergrad years from a decade ago. FWIW, I also have a ton of WE and volunteering.
So in essence, I think that for an older student, it's all in the LSAT. I got into Albany because my score was within their median, and given that, they probably were somewhat willing to overlook my old GPA (although that factor ensured that I'd get NO scholarship money). Suffolk was a little less forgiving, and put me on the WL. Beyond that, rejected from Depaul, NYLS, Rutgers Newark, and on and on. Now, had my LSAT been a 160+, the afforementioned schools may have given me a chance. But that just reinforces my point. For an older student with a weak GPA from LOOONG AGO, it's all about those crucial five hours with the scantron sheet.