Smooth Sail wrote:
My GPA is 3.79,cum laude/LSAT 154. Yes, I am married. My wife will be caring for the kids at home. I have saved enough money for the next five years (I began planning for law school while in the Marine Corp, even before family).
Stipulations of scholarships:
Lewis and Clark-Top 20%
Syracuse, Texas Tech, McGeorge, Tulsa-Top 50%
By the way, stipulations will not matter at Syracuse, Texas Tech, McGeorge, and Tulsa. If I lose my scholarship, my GI Bill will cover the cost of tuition.
Those stipulations on L&C and Whittier are pretty rough. If you lose that $$$ you are pretty screwed considering it seems the GI Bill won't cover those schools (not familiar with it just basing that on the schools you've listed that it covers). I would have to say that the better the school, the better prospects you have all around, obviously. So, even if you don't want BigLaw, you're prospects for PI/Small firms are going to be much better if you were to graduate from a T14. Another thing to keep in mind is that (and this should be confirmed by others) small/mid-sized firms probably like to hire experienced attorneys so as not to have to spend so much money on recruitment/training. You're GPA is pretty awesome from UG and the military experience is fantastic for softs. The only thing holding you back is that LSAT. In this case, retake is definitely warranted. If you can bump that into the mid 160s you are looking at much higher-caliber schools and perhaps even a T14 or two if you ED (UVA? NU?).
Either way, your military experience will more than likely be extremely valuable for you in law school. Not necessarily in a tangible way, but in a discipline way. I have heard that the most successful students are those either with WE or military experience.
Smooth Sail wrote:
I've seen life in a different way than most, only another combat veteran could fathom similar experiences.
Not sure how this is relevant to this particular thread, but you are probably right. This will definitely make an awesome personal statement topic! Not sure what you wrote your PS on but if you talk about this you are going to be golden. I come from a very unique background as well, and having written my PS on that made a big difference in my admissions I think. Several acceptance letters had hand-written mentions of my PS.
Hope this helps,