I need some advise. I took the LSAT recently and I bombed it. I have been getting 140s consistently on diagnostic LSATs and was enrolled in Testmasters twice. I still managed to score a 140 on my actual LSAT. My over GPA is 3.42. However, I have a pretty diverse background. Here it is:
USMC 5yrs, Honorable Discharge 1999
Worked in communications industry as a govt. contractor for 5 yrs.
Moved to Escrow for 4 yrs. During this time I was going to school full-time and working full-time. Managed to get a 2.53 my first year in community college. Then the company with which I was employed closed in 2008. I then decided to go back to school full time.
2nd year in community college I had a 4.0 GPA. I also earned my Paralegal Certification from UCSD Extension in 2008-09. Transferred to UC San Diego in 2009 to finish undergrad.
I am currently a 4th year student at UCSD. my UC GPA is 3.56, Poli Sci Major GPA is 3.78. I have provost honors for Fall Qtr 2009, member of Golden Key Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.
EC: volunteer driver for Non-profit delivering meals to those inflicted with HIV/AIDS (50hrs), volunteer No on 8 San Diego HQ as Data Entry clerk (30 hrs), Co-founder student org "Students for Marriage Equality" to gather signatures to repeal Prop 8 (35 hrs), worked with Wellness committee on UCSD to start a weekly Alcoholics-Anonymous meeting on campus.
I am also a gay man who is a recovering alcoholic.
Anyhow, I know my LSAT score won't get me into a top school, but what are my chances of getting into Cal Western or Southwestern or something like along those lines? My dream school is Hastings but with the LSAT score I currently have my chances are super low, I know. I am kind of confused and unsure if I should not apply or just send out applications anyhow. I am eligible for a fee waiver so I am not out $1000 for applying to 15 schools.
Any advise is welcome. Thanks!