Hi everyone! I'm new here, and certainly over 30 (by the time I apply, I'll be 37, close to 38 at the start of 1L). I've been lurking for a while, so thank you all for all your contributions. They've been most helpful to me.
I haven't taken the LSAT yet, or the diagnostics, but I tend not to do very well at standardized tests, so if I get a 160, I'll be thrilled. I just learned that there's a such thing as an LSAC GPA, which ruins my chances of relying on my anticipated 4.0 and the AA female URM boost to get me in. Here's the deal: after 5 years of a seesaw experience in undergrad, I finally dropped out with a 2.9. I had some semesters where I got all As, some with As and Bs, and some where I failed everything. This went on for five years, they let me walk the stage with 20 credits to go, and I went on with my life.
I have ADD (undiagnosed until a couple of years after I dropped out of undergrad), and since I didn't know it, I really couldn't employ any techniques to manage it.
Fast forward about 15 years to the point where I really got tired of having this unfinished bachelor's degree hanging over my head. I had moved 1000 miles away from home and the school where I had earned 100 credits didn't offer any online credits. I was not about to move back home to finish that degree, so I made the decision to give up 40 credits and transfer. I'm finishing up that degree now (4.0 thus far, but apparently that won't mean much once they factor in the horrible grades from my first attempt
), and preparing for the LSAT and the whole application process.
No exciting work experience... but a pretty compelling adversity story, so I'm hoping I can pull it all together into an impressive application. If not, I noticed yesterday that the DSW near me is hiring.