So you guys are saying that one shouldn't go to law school unless they have top grades from the top schools, much less even begin thinking about getting a job as a lawyer. Furthermore the job will tear your life apart, and you will either love it or hate it. To be honest, it really does sound like hyperbole. Or it might be an anti-competitive conspiracy to lessen the supply of lawyers?
Just out of curiosity, what experience(s) and credentials do you guys have to come to a conclusion like this?
At least "pretty good" grades from top schools, yeah. At least the T14 for a good job, like the one you're after. But with your numbers, that's not what you're going to get. If you're really going to do this, for you, it's just trying to get in and, later, get a job. Any job. If I were in your position, I'd try to get a job as an investment banker. If you're pissed off about what's happened in finance and investment in recent years, you can always be an insider for DoJ. They've had a hell of a time getting FBI agents on the inside. Even harder of a time than they've had getting people inside the mafia. So that's one route. But honestly, law isn't going to happen for you, unless you take the LSAT again and really kill it. I mean like over 170. It isn't a conspiracy to keep people out of law school. Some people I fully recommend going to law school, if they fit a certain profile. I'm honestly speaking to you in your best interests.
My credentials? Other than being where you are now, being through with law school, and seeing all of the horrors that law school and the practice of law can unleash on myself and the many friends I have who are law students and lawyers, having seen lives crumble and relationships fail as a result of it? I've been here for years. I've seen class after class come through this site. I've seen their hopes while studying for the LSAT shattered. I've seen rejections from favored schools, and I've also seen some massive successes with friends attending top schools. I've seen dreams come true at graduation, and I've seen students change their plans and priorities in the middle of 1L or even 2L. Really, I've seen it all. I've seen everything law school and the practice of law has to offer, and I really don't think it has much to offer you. You have many better options.
edit: If you don't want to take my word for it, find someone who's doing what you want to do and discuss it with them. I'm sure their assessment will be fairly close to ours. Hell, for that matter, find anyone who recently graduated from a school you would get into with your scores, and they'll tell you what's up.