Does anyone know how much it will help that my hideous GPA(2.6) is over 20 years old?I'm guessing they'll still calculate my LSDAS GPA in the same way. Also, for full disclosure, there will be no addendum, or none that will be of any help. My "excuse" for the bad grades is that I spent most of my time drinking beer and chasing women, with great success in the former and only modest succcess in the latter.A couple of related questions. I haven't seen anywhere that they factor in a more difficult major in any kind of quantitative way, but will an engineering major help at all? Most posts I've seen on this topic say that it has almost no bearing on your chances, but does anyone know if there are specific schools that like science majors, for example. I thought I saw a post about this a while back.What about age? I'm pushing mid 40's - is that an advantage? At what point does a non-traditional applicant become a non-admissible applicant?
There are a couple of ways your GPA can be diminished - first, if you have any successful graduate work, it will help show that you can study if you put your mind to it. Second, a successful career and a plausible reason as to why the sudden change. Third, a kick-ass LSAT is the most important factor (unfortunate, but true.)Your age will be a factor for some schools, particularly if you're looking high up the food(rank)-chain. Tier 2/3/4 schools are generally more used to older students, and that familiarity only benefits you. I'm currently the only person over the age of 40 in my class of 210 (at a lower T14) and I know of only two similar upperclass students. It will be hit and miss no matter what your LSAT (UVA almost never takes older students, for example.)Good luck. Try and use your age to your advantage, but understand too that once you're in class, everyone is pretty much the same.
Just do as well as you can on the LSAT, and write in your personal statement about how college was a long time ago, you've matured, etc.It won't disappear, but it'll be better than nothing.