Publication can help, no doubt. If you combine publication with a higher LSAT score, you'd probably be looking at a whole new set of schools. Depends on what you're looking for; depends on what you want to do with a law degree. I think most people would recommend that you wait til next year... study and retake the LSAT... co-author the prestigious paper... and then go to LS.
THE Ohio State University my ass. WTF. Those OSU people and their THE.