My numbers are 175 and 3.54 in philosophy at a large, but pretty respectable, state school. Chicago is my top choice for a number of reasons and I've decided to go ED there to improve my chances.
I think my app, outside the LSAT score of course, is likely to be pretty weak. I'm graduating in three years, next August after summer classes, so my transcript is pretty thin at this point. Also, I have almost no work experience. I have, however, volunteered for a few local political campaigns and am an official clerk of elections in my voting district...so I'll at least have something to put on my resume. One of my LORs is likely to be very, very, strong but the other is likely to just be one of those fairly impersonal recaps of my grades in the writer's class (all As of course, but still...).
People have suggested my numbers would give me a good chance of getting into Chicago with an RD app and that going ED might cost me the opportunity to get some money by leveraging acceptances from lower T14s. I, however, am fairly pessimistic and want to do whatever I can to make sure I get in. I'm thinking that, whatever deficiencies my app might have, going ED with 175 might make me close to a lock to be accepted. Am I wrong about that?