« on: August 05, 2004, 08:00:24 PM »
Most schools use a rolling admission, meaning they admit people as they get the apps. The longer you wait, the fewer seats available and the adcom will likely want to wait to admit the best applicants possible. Thus, more competition for the end slots. Since a lot of schools begin taking apps around 9/1 and end around April, (with a Dec LSAT) you'll hit the middle of the cycle when half the seats may already be filled.
I'm banking on my age and WE to help add to the diversity of the class. After 15 years as an engineer I can certainly add more than some fresh out of school nubie. Leverage that self-employemnt bit - shows you're a leader and a self-starter that didn't want to spend the rest of your life in a cubical farm. Age and experience will beat youth and enthusiasm.
One last comment, a high LSAT will whitewash a low GPA. If you can post a 165+ I would think this coupled with your experience would make you a valuable candidate.