Lwoods and lifestooquick, it's interesting seeing you posting as 1L students because I just got done reading last years posts about you two applying and getting in, along with worrying about scholarships.
I wont be finished with my undergrad degree until August but will be taking the LSAT in June, so just in case I don't do well I will still have another chance in October before I apply. I have lived in Ohio all my life so Ohio State is my only choice.
I have a very solid GPA, above the 75% (3.88), and I have been studying for my LSAT since October, so I feel I will do well. However, I have two worries.
1. I have three degrees - A.S - Business, B.S. Accounting, B.S. Finance. - They are from Franklin University, which is located in Columbus by Grant hospital. I looked at the colleges represented over the last 3 years for Moritz and not even 1 student has come from Franklin University. I used to be a hiring manager, Franklin is a highly regarded business school, but as far as I know, only in Ohio.
2. My age (Ill be 33 when I start). I don't think the school will necessarily hold it against me. Do you think there will be any problems with other students?
Yeah, I try not to read my old posts...little embarrassing.
1. I don't think coming from Franklin will hurt you.
I suspect the reason Franklin alumni aren't represented in the last few classes is likely two-fold:
First, self-selection. Because Franklin is so business focused, most students probably just go into business.
Second, the typical LSAT of a Franklin U student may not be that high. I don't say that to be insulting, but I think there's a different prevailing attitude at schools that are more local in nature and those that are more national. I went to one of each, and the local one is very well respected in its targeted industry. However, the students there focus their learning on the practical over the theoretical, and there are fewer that come from a "tiger mom" upbringing that places importance on standardized tests. You're clearly putting a lot of work and thought into your LSAT, which is important. I suspect many of your peers at Franklin do not, not because they're not bright but just because they don't realize it makes a difference.
I can't remember if you can do this before you have your score, but once you do get your score back, you can see your school report with a breakdown of how other students from your undergrad do on the LSAT. At that point you can see how far off my hypothesis is.
2. I was concerned about the age thing, too. I'm in my late-20s, and tOSU seemed like one of the "younger" schools I was considering. 33 is certainly on the older side. LTQ's in a different section, so she might help me round this out a bit, but there are a handful of us clustered around my age, at least a couple guys in their early 30s, and a woman whom I believe is in her early 40s. In each class there are at least one or two middle-aged / second career students, and while there's certainly an age gap, it's not really a problem. Those who are 40+ don't seem to form the same close friendships, but everyone is still very friendly and inclusive.
You will be on the older side at 33, but that's still young enough that your friendships are still likely to form with those with whom you share common interests. Those who have at least a couple years of life experience outside of undergrad do bond over our shared perspective, but it doesn't really matter if a person is 25 or 35 to find that commonality.
I hope that helps. Best of luck! You have a killer GPA, and I'm sure with your study plan you'll do well on the LSAT, too, so I look forward to seeing you in the class of 2016!