Does anyone have advice for a nontraditional law school candidate whose academic record in college was hurt by several significant extenuating circumstances? I went to a strong school and earned a 3.9 over my last three semesters, but my cumulative GPA is notably lower than even the 25th percentile of the Harvard-Yale-Stanford applicant pool due to the said extenuating circumstances.
However, I will have conducted an intense year-long independent-study, three separate several-month cultural immersions across Europe, Latin America, and, hopefully, Asia, done service work, and completed a second degree before applying to law school. If my LSAT is 98+%, do you think I would have a chance at HYS? Do Adm. committees really view an application holistically in light of past difficulties? Lastly, what sorts of schools would you shoot for if you were me?