I am in the early stages of deciding on where I should apply for law school and was just looking to get some insight on various schools/recommendations on schools. I received a score of 156 on my first LSAT (haven't decided on a retake) and have a 3.4 GPA. I feel that I also have some pretty good soft factors which will help me out. Essentially I am just looking for some suggestions on schools which would be a good fit. I will going to be a undergraduate senior and will not be enrolling in law school until fall of 2013.
Soft factors generally mean very little to nothing at all. They're enough to tip you one way or the other if you're going up against a similarly qualified candidate, but that's all they'll ever be - adcomms care about numbers, plain and simple.
You're on the cusp of getting into a solid top tier school (perhaps even top 14).
Not with his current score. He'd need to raise his LSAT a good 10 points to be competitive at a T14. (OP, that doesn't mean that isn't possible - you can absolutely do it and you absolutely should, as the superior options you'll have coming from a top tier school will be far and away worth the time you spent prepping for the LSAT).