Good afternoon everyone,
Just introducing myself as a possible Law School Applicant in a few years. I am trying to finish my undergraduate degree, I am a junior at a NJ State school in an online program.
SGT US Army disabled(60%)/retired veteran, 7 years service
MOS: 25S7E1C, Satcom maintainer, controller, planner.
Currently working as a contractor. Satcom Engineer/SME in Maryland.
I have a distinct feeling in my gut that I will never be accepted to law school, but am hopeful regardless.
I am scared that I am wasting my time trying to obtain a dream to study and work in law based on horrible decision making of mine between the years of 2000 and 2003. Between those years I have 40 semester hours of F grades as well as 26 semester hours of decent/ok grades, putting my overall undergrad GPA at a whopping 1.0 for those years.
Starting back in to school again last year, I have only taken 1 class, but am enrolled full time now with approx 56SH remaining for my BS-EET due to a bunch of credit being given for my military experience, AP courses from high school, transfer of grades from aforementioned years 2000-2003. Unfortunately those credits given have no grades applied just credit given (I am pretty sure this isn't calculated in your LSAC GPA).
There is a long story as to my failure in college between the years of 2000-2003, mostly involving Depression/fooling my parents/homelessness/being completely retarded and never withdrawing from a course I was failing. Those are VERY dark years in my life that I barely remember and really wish I could leave behind me, but sadly I cannot. I can say that I finally buckled down and started working full time; eventually joining the Army and making something of my life, getting mental health help/meds/counseling. I am a changed man now as apposed to the boy I was 14 years ago.
Looking at the math, even if my next 56 SH of undergrad are 4.0, my undergraduate LSAC GPA would only be a 2.34.
I have not taken a practice LSAT yet, but will do what it takes to make sure I can score 170+ to be competitive.
I know my chances of getting into law school are slim to none with my past being what it is, but if anyone here has any suggestions, words of advice or guidance on what my path should be over the next 2 years before applying to law school, please let me know. Am I a lost cause? Am I wasting my time on a dream that is unobtainable because of a dark life that happened a decade ago? I have sugar plum dreams of attending a T14 school, but based on my GPA alone, I think I would be hard pressed to even get into a Non-ABA law school once I finish my undergrad.
Lost and scared, but hopeful
Last edited by Naja
on Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.