Do I have a shot at YLS with a sub-par GPA?
I'm a non-trad URM with a 2.81 gpa and currently practicing at 175 for the June LSAT. I'm within 15 units of graduation but I am currently taking time off of school to focus on my young family and to assist some other family members financially. I have a poor gpa for several reasons. I started college at 16 and came from a very sheltered background. My freshman year I had a 3.01 because I decided to have the fun I wasn't unable to have prior to college. In my subsequent college years, I wasn't able to put in the time required for a 4.0 due to the fact that I had the responsibilities of raising a family practically on my own and serious financial issues (we've evicted twice and had to go on welfare and food stamps for a period).
I do have some softs, I help start a two non-profit by writing grant proposals and fundraising, started a young mothers group that mentors teen mothers and I am very active in my church.
I am going to apply regardless of the feedback I receive but I would like to know if admission is even within the realm of possibility.
This is not a flame
Edited to add: I'm trying to solicit sincere advice. I don't want to spark an AA debate. If knew someone I could ask this question to privately, I would have.