I in no way linked 'dedication' to the LSAT to success in law school, as you've somehow inferred. One's dedication to the LSAT only shows dedication to gaining admission into law school, which ultimately can determine what/how you can use the JD you earn. Simply sitting down and taking the LSAT, then expecting special consideration for having a full-time job, or in your case, writing a doctoral research paper, (which was the main crux of the comment, that FT working professionals didn't have the 'time to dedicate themselves' to doing well on the LSAT, hence the reason PT programs have lower numbers, to accommodate for this), is asinine. I stand by my point. If you mean that in ALL cases one doesn't HAVE to dedicate one's self to the LSAT, I don't disagree with you. That wasn't my argument, unless you feel it necessary to take it out of context. It was in direct response to the comment outlined previously.
You might have family members and be as well prepared for the rigors of law school as anyone else, however, you didn't focus on one of the two giant metrics that’s involved in applying to law school. Even your username points to the fact that you feel that you're accomplished (PhD, in Molecular Genetics no less), but are shorting yourself on a lower LSAT.
If you're willing to spend $200,000+ for a degree that will consume not only 3 years of your life, but in all likelihood, the next 5 working years on top of that (at the least), without proper preparation, you may understand what is needed, but doesn't mean you are ready for it. Unless you have it preset in your mind to go to regional school A, B, C, and only need a score of 1XX, even then, you're setting a goal for yourself, dedicating yourself ENOUGH to get 1XX, and if you don't, it can be cognitively correlated to the lack of dedication/preparation. Not applying one's self to the LSAT (dedication), means you are shorting yourself, even at regional schools, let alone allowing for the possibility of 'better' opportunities. My ultimate point is, underachieving due to a lack of 'time' for said expensive, and commonly life changing degree, is obtuse.
Oh, and I'm not sure when I started having any respect of any kind on this message board, I usually end up posting about basketball, or randomly helping out where I can. I'm more of a lurker than anything! F**k my post count (which is rather tiny). If I'm right, I'm right, if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. I'm just stating what I've learned in my time around the block, and the 4 years of research, preperation, and insight into the legal admissions process. Do I know more than most people---yes. Has it helped my personal cycle--no. Take that with a grain of salt.