Excel wrote:My current GPA is a 3.4 (though within major its a 3.8-does "within major" count for anything? I'm pol sci and have seen that requested in some places but not others). I have taken 1 prac LSAT and scored a 154, but I didnt study a wink. I actually do have a criminal record...minor (standing next to a minor) in possession of alcohol. In my state, they arrest you for that, even if its not open/in your possession. I was wondering if that would even be worth mentioning to schools in state who dont care, i.e. if I told the folks at Texas how I was arrested, I would bet resounding laughter would follow.
Within major GPA doesnt mean anything, so you'll be with your 3.4 when you apply. If you've only taken one PT and scored a 154, this may be all a moot point, as you'll probably be able to increase this significantly. If you study hard, and are able to get in the 170s, and wont need your connections and you'll be at a lower t14. The LSAT is very learnable. Even if you get in the high 160s, you may be able to get into a t25 on your own. Your connection would only assure your acceptance, though you may not want to use it so you can have options. If you stay at 154, then yes, use it and get into the school.
Yes, you will need to disclose your criminal record. To ALL schools. There's a question on every app that asks for this info. It wont be a big deal, you will just have to explain what happened and they'll probably just dismiss it.