« on: July 04, 2004, 11:40:41 AM »
Since I haven't read any posts on my current dilemma, I thought I'd ask for some advice.
Unlike most of you, I never even thought about going to grad school til this April. Due to a myriad of reasons, my first 2 academic yrs of college took me about 7 actual yrs with intermittent enrollment. While working I took some community college courses to increase productivity at work and just for my own personal interests. I didn't concentrate on grades because they didn't matter to me and I never thought I would go back to earn a Bachelor's. These courses really hurt because I got 2 D's and 1 F. Spring 2003 was my first semester back and I've gotten a 4.0 since. My cum GPA is now 3.47 and rising.
I took the LSAC practice LSAT in the comfort of my own home in May. I got a 154 with about 3 extra minutes added because I didn't turn off the phone ringer. Knowing that the LSAT is going to determine my future for possibly the rest of my life, I borrowed the $1200 I needed for an LSAT prep course. I've already seen a huge improvement and we're only about a third of the way through. Currently, I think I can score about a 158-165, but our next diagnostic isn't til 7/17. After completing the course if I continue to improve, I might be able to score between 168-170, but that's all speculation.
My question is I have no idea how admissions will take my unconventional education and life experiences (which is another story). I want to have all my apps (btwn 10-15) done by Sept. 1 to increase my chances of admittance and so I don't have to deal with them during the semester, BUT as you all know the LSAT isn't til Oct. 2 and the results won't be known til Oct. 25. Should I go ahead and drop the grand on all the apps and spend all that time completing them or should I wait for my LSAT score?
Btw, I'm 37, female, Asian, and applying to all the UC schools (CA, not CO or CT), some midwest schools (maybe I can get in on diversity), and a couple 3rd tier schools.
Sorry this post is so long, thanks for all your input.