gregthomas77 wrote:I am so happy to have found this thread.
Im 33 and I have been a college professor and debate coach for 5 years. I recently took the lsat and got a 161. Now I would like to explore the idea of going to ls. However, my ugpa was low (2.75, although I have over 70 hours of grad work with a 3.65 gpa), and I need to find a school where I can get in and get money (I am married with 4 kids, can't really afford a ton more debt). I don't mind t 3/4, because I want to be a govt criminal attorney anyways.
Any suggestions for schools to apply to that are sympathetic to nontrads?
There are plenty of splitter-friendly schools out there, and work experience helps offset GPA to a certain extent, but your range of options would widen a LOT if you could retake the LSAT and bring your score up to the high-160s. You might get some scholarship money at a T How much did you study this time around? Do you feel like you reached your absolute pinnacle with a 161?
Plugging your numbers into Law School Predictor, you get 'Deny' pretty much down to schools ranked in the mid-60s. Raising the LSAT to just 167 gets you 'Consider' all the way up to schools ranked in the high-20s/low-30s. (Which means possibly some money at lower T-2 schools.) That's a HUUUUGE difference in prestige, job placement, and overall number of schools to choose from. A 167 also probably earns you some application fee waivers from LSAC.
There are plenty of tier 1 and tier 2 grads taking the government attorney jobs--don't tell yourself that all you need is a JD from wherever to pick up a job. Do some research on this forum about the REAL job prospects of t3/4 grads. It is, sadly, not pretty.