I'm new to this, but here goes. I graduated undergrad in 2010, three years behind scheduled because I spent 2 years in Afghanistan in combat. While in undergrad I had a second child and my relationship with his mother didn't go so well. It took a heavy toll on me and I was working full time while going to school full time. I know I know. Other people have worked full time and done great in school, but it didn't work for me.
At any rate... what are my chances of getting into law school with a 2.3 undergrad GPA, 160 LSAT score, and what I hope will be a stellar application packet with great letters of recommendations?
I'm hoping to apply to NCCU Law and Howard Law school.
I just noticed your post. I went through an opposite process (low LSAT/Great GPA). The higher the GPA the better. If it is at all possible (before you send your transcripts to LSAC) you may want to see if there any electives you can take with your degree-granting institution to raise that GPA. Some will allow this. Some will not. But be sure that if you are allowed to add credits, that BOTH your degree GPA and Cumulative GPA increased. Unfortunately, this will be decided by LSAC when the report is compiled to send to law schools. Once those reports are generated, you cannot change them.
The good news is that with a 160 score, you WILL get looked at. The bad news is that students with less than 3.2 GPA often cannot get in, at least without a good reason (not excuses), and showing a progression of achievement since that time.
You may want to consider a paralegal program. DUKE has a great one, and they offer it at the Charlotte and Durham campuses. For a few thousand dollars,as opposed to tens of thousands, you can become acquainted with legal research and writing, and the "basics" of law study. Performing well in a program like that will demonstrate to any committee looking past the GPA that you may be well-suited. Most of your first year will be the "grunt work"- basic research and writing no matter where you attend. http://www.learnmore.duke.edu/certificates/paralegal_online/
Should you not perform well as a paralegal, then you may discover the law field is NOT for you - not to say that all lawyers have not, at least at one time or another, struggled with the mundane tasks you will be forced to face in either paralegal school or law school. Having the CP designation would dress up your resume, no doubt. That along with a great score of 160, may serve you well in your application(s).
Besides, paralegals make good money and serve needed functions in the legal industry, WITHOUT Massive costs and debt associated with a law degree. I believe UNC has a program too. http://www.fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/paralegal/faqs.htm
Because NCCU is 1 of 3 least expensive law schools, and has an earned some recent accolades, the competition to get in there may be as high if not higher than other schools. NCCU does, however, offer a summer program which is a "preview" of law school and you actually get credit towards the degree. You have to apply for that well in advance.
Charlotte Law School is on the radar since they now have ABA approval. But given the Job market in the area, I am not sure that's a good choice - except that you may get a scholarship for your score. Be mindful, though, those scholarships are easily lost since they usually come with a GPA requirement of "B" average while attending. "C" is a good average in law school!!
Why Howard? Did you want to go to DC? Try UDC and all the other schools in that area. Your military experience will open a lot of doors and maybe even divert attention from the low GPA. (true anywhere, but especially DC). You also a host of full and part-time master's programs in VA and MD, as well as post-military positions, grants, etc. Georgetown has an expensive, but very prestigious Paralegal certificate as well. Hope this all helps, best of luck.