IRRX, it seems you enjoy provocation and antagonism.
If you're set on law school, for your GPA, addenda are going to be your saving grace. Write all you can, as concisely as you can, about the rigor of your undergraduate program, as well as your accomplishments in postgraduate education and in practice. Most importantly, for a personal statement, find a topic that's more compelling than "I got hurt and can't do what I love anymore, but law's interesting!" Find a reason why this is what you want to do and where you were meant to be, despite your success in a previous career that has been stripped from you, rather than seeming like you have no other ideas.Or, you can skip all of this bull and--if you're willing to relocate to DC--be a federal patent examiner for about the salary range you're expecting from practicing law, with the bonus of not having to be a lawyer and do stupid bunnies lawyers do. It's not just T4 graduates that are having trouble finding work. There are more new lawyers than there are new jobs, by a large margin.
You can be a Patent Agent in ANY state if you take the patent bar. You only need to move to DC if you want to work for the govt.If you want to work for companies and those trying to be the next Steve Jobs, you can do that on the side for a contract for stock if they make it (plus costs) and stay a Dr with that as a side hobby untill you get a big enough bite and then retire on it. That's worth a thought too.
Isn't there a teaching/research gig you can move into within your current field? Seems a terrible waste to throw that skill set away for something like law. You are looking at moving from the position of well paid, well respected professional to being just another law student - nobody will give a rusty armadillo fart what you did before... you are JUST a lowly law student. Once you graduate and if by some miracle you get a job, you will be at the bottom of the ladder competing with people 15 years younger. I think you really need to find a way to redirect within your current field. My humble 2 cents.
Just one question, do you think I should apply to my "wish list" of schools (UCLA, USC, Loyola, Pepperdine) or should I be realistic and target tier 4's?