Tier 3 v. Tier 4 doesn't mean crap, attrition rate should a bigger factor. I'll be working for a firm headed by a STCL grad over the summer, a family friend from STCL is an asbestos litigator living in the ritzy part of Dallas, and my father's high school friend is a federal judge from STCL. My cousin graduated from Tech Law, and our neighbor is a Tech Law grad who does international transaction law in Dallas. They all make a lot of money, have a good family, and drive nice cars. Once you drop out of the top25, law is more what you do and less where you went to school.
As far as becoming a professor, most schools pull from the surrounding area for their faculty more than they rely on full time professorships. It's going to depend on your post-grad years more than anything else. SCTL, SMU, Tech, Houston, etc are not places that churn out law professors. However, clerk a year after school, build some connections, have successes in your business and ten years down the road you could reasonably get an adjunct position at most schools in Texas.
If you really want to be a law professor focus on Baylor. They inbreed their faculty.
Thatís why when people get into SMU v. Baylor v. Houston fights I always favor SMU and Houston. Plus, in Houston you have access to one of the biggest oil and gas markets in the entire world. People may dump on that town but it really is a nice place and you can make a hell of a lot of money. ďWhen gas prices are high, so is Houston.Ē
You have the benefit of those new ABA rules. Given your GPA it might be worth your time to wait a year, study hard, and retake that LSAT. Just a thought.
As a side note, I choose family over location. My father had a brain tumor when I was deciding between Tulane and SMU and that tipped the scales in favor of staying in Dallas. Regardless, you're never too far from an airport that you can't make it home in a day.