I don't mean to sound rude, but you might want to reconsider a career as an attorney. Civ Pro is probably the most important course you will take in law school, and a C average in that course at a third tier school to me is indicative of a very low aptitude for the law -- especially if you claim to have studied hard.
On a related subject, I'd like to do my own writing and research projects, even though I won't be doing LR (decided not to try write-on; my school ranks third tier, and while it's highly regarded locally, I don't see the advantage of doing LR over gaining real-world experience and skill-building, especially since I''ll likely only ever piss on BigLaw's doors at closing time or work there as a janitor). Are there good outlets for publishing independent student works? And is that a good way to build the skills I need to build upon?
You really screwed that up. Civ Pro sucks, man. Whatever. It's time to 12(b)(6) your legal career.