Everybody on this board seems to rave about soft factors like work experience. I would put all of my effort into getting a high LSAT score. I finished my B.A. 8 years ago, have great soft factors inculding a 4.0 M.A. and several years academic work experience.
Everywhere I was accepted, I think I would have been accepted with no soft factors. The only things that mattered were my undegrad GPA and my LSAT score. In fact, no where that I applied with median LSAT and GPA scores accepted me. I was well over in one or both categories in all the schools that accepted me. I was waitlisted at two schools where I was median though.
Does anyone on this board have a story about soft factors helping him?
Maybe you will have better luck with the process, but I think a great LSAT score is your best chance.
Gonna have to agree with this guy. Like the OP I have military experience, and while I think it played a role in financial aid offers, as a soft factor it seemed to play little to no role in admissions decisions, as they seemed very numbers-oriented. Like another poster said, take an LSAT prep course if your own self-study isn't paying dividends. A 4-6 point improvement in your score opens up another tier of schools, as well as increasing aid offers from former-target-turned safety schools, making it worth every penny.