I'm a male Hispanic (Guatemalan), first college grad in family, with a 3.47 GPA (LSAC) that shows definite upward trend (from 3.36 freshman, 2.86 sophomore, 3.67 junior, 3.85 senior), did thesis, graduated with some honors from top liberal arts college. Have worked as corporate legal assistant in white-shoe NYC firm for three years. Haven't taken the LSAT (plan to in Dec.) and hopefully will get somewhere in the 163-165 range. I know that with these factors I have a pretty good shot at Brooklyn, Fordham, Emory, Villanova, etc. Do you think I should aim higher, like Michigan, Virginia, Northwestern, even NYU? Mind you, I haven't taken the LSAT yet but I am scoring my PTs in the range indicated above. Since I have no LSAT score on record, is it also a good idea to start sending in applications right now so that adcomms can start reviewing my other factors now, and then make up their minds once my LSAT score is out? I'd like to know if there are other people out there who were/are in the same situation (no LSAT score but sent in application material anyway). Thanks.