This is long. My apologies.
I'm about as non-traditional as they come. I was home schooled through high school, screwed around in community college for a semester and still got all A's (though I did withdrawal-passing from a few classes), before taking an internship with a catalog company. After that, I attended for a single year at a private (NON-accredited) college where I had an LSDAS determined GPA of 3.07. My GPA was that low primarily due to a freakin' F in science (first science exposure, really) and their non-grade inflation policy--self-consciously keeping grades lower except for "exceptional" work. I did *very* well in the class that is probably most applicable to LS (rhetoric) garnering a rare SCL in my final quarter there and getting good grades the other quarters.
After the year there, my dad's salary was cut by more than half (airline pilot), so I got a job, left the college, and have been working full-time since then. I got my degree through a fully-accredited (regional accreditation--the highest level of accreditation) via CLEP and other proficiency exams. Because it was almost exclusively attained via proficiency exams (I had 8 credits from the community college transfer in and nothing else), I did not have a GPA like one normally would. The college does not assign a grade to proficiency exams, only assessing a pass/fail. I passed all without a fail, I should add... To make up for this, I enrolled in another similar college (same level of accreditation) that DOES grade some of those exams before my degree was completed and had grades assessed for a fair portion of those exams: 33 A credits.
The long and short of it is that my LSDAS GPA is 3.66, but I only have about 61 "converted" credits (the rest are termed "unconverted" on my LSDAS GPA due to the pass/fails). Oddly, that works out to something like 194 total credit hours.
I have been working full-time and have excellent recommendations from that for the past 4 years, and I will probably get a very strong recommendation from one of my profs from the year at the private college (if I decide to ask for it). That year was 2003-2004, though.
My December LSAT was 163, but I'm planning to retake in June.
Does anyone have *any* clue how adcomms are going to look at this? I can see several possible scenarios:
1. They won't care very much. The 3.66 LSDAS and my LSAT score is all they'll care about.
2. I'll get dinged severely because I'm more of a question mark.
3. I'll get props for being a non-traditional and work experience.
But I have no idea how all of this may play out because I've never heard of another applicant having a history anything like this.