my fault in terms of having a poor gpa. my stats, 2.5 GPA and 162 LSAT.
been out of school for 2 years (i hear the more distance put between a poor undergrad and applying to law school equals better chances), worked at the local bar association for a year doing family law, and currently working at the 2nd largest foreclosure law firm in the state. rec. letters and experience are great.
from the south so would be an out-of-state student in the east coast (new york, DC), looking to stay within tier 1. thanks for any suggestions
Your LSAT of 162 is probably not high enough for your Tier 1 goal. The bottom schools in tier 1 have, at the worst, 75th percentile LSAT's of about 162, and average GPA's over 3.1. A 2.5 is just too hurting.
If you had a 170, it would be different. Also, and this could change things, I think, if your grades improved at the end or you have a really interesting life that may help you. (The things you discussed may make an impact.)
Basically, what I'm saying is that if you really want to do tier 1, you should try to eek out those last 8 points to get to 170. (I know, no *&^% you should try to!) You'd be sitting way prettier for tier 1.