JazzyMac wrote:My name is JazzyMac and I want to go to Law School. Hi everyone!! I've been perusing g the forums and researching, but I'm excited about what I've read so far. I've been in the military for 17 years; plan on attending LS full time (of course) once I retire at 20 years. No LSAT yet, and my undergrad GPA was 3.4....yikes right? I'm eligible for the Hazelwood Act and still have GI Bill benefits.
Can I be able to attend school outside of TX essentially cost free?
Can I even attend LS?
Will a 20-year career assist my application?
So much more I am anxious to know!!
Welcome to the forum!
You'll only be able to use the Hazlewood Act if you've exhausted your GI Bill benefits, and are planning on attending a public university in Texas. Until then, you'll have to use up the rest of your GI Bill. The GI Bill will cover 100% of tuition and fees at any public school in the country, but payment for private schools is capped at about $19k per year, so you'll need to make up the difference out of your savings, with loans, or by attending a school that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Your 3.4 won't flat-out block you from too many schools, so right now your LSAT score is going to be the biggest variable determining where you'll be accepted.
Hang around here on TLS and learn stuff - it's a great resource. But be aware that the conventional wisdom here tends toward "GPA and LSAT determine your future to the exclusion of everything else". My suspicion is that wildly non-traditional applicants (such as those who have been out of undergrad and working for a couple of decades) are underrepresented here, and that the "Kindergarten-to-JD" applicants subconsciously (or consciously) inflate the importance of LSAT and GPA because that's all they have going for them.
I think you'll find that a 20-year military career is a bigger "soft factor" than most would believe. I'll let you know later this year when I start applying, since I'm retiring in May 2014 after 20 years.