Prefacing everything with "being blunt" makes it less blunt. It's a full-time job with legitimate biotech experience attached to it. The 2.8 is a result of unforeseen circumstances throughout my undergraduate career - something I could definitely explain given a personal statement or interview opportunity. Yes, I understand that the number's too low for most departments to even give me that chance. It's just a shame I have to live with a few mistakes during undergrad for the rest of my life.
In terms of thinking to highly of chemistry and Purdue's program, maybe I am and maybe I'm not. I'm still saying I could have pulled a 3.6 in communications if someone told me the number was all that mattered when I started college. I can write a paper way better than I can transcribe Engrish into meaningful notes for quantum physics exams. Once I realized who I was working with at Purdue, I decided the best way to use my time was to build a rapport with the amazing department and actually understand what was going on in the labs - as opposed to locking myself away and studying for exams for days on end.
That said, I will own the LSAT, and I will get into a decent law school. All I need is a chance.
Yeah it sucks. Everyone knows the system is really screwed up and leaves behind a lot of good candidates who just don't do their research. That said, if you can get into an elite law school, your chances of getting a better job increase considerably over your classmates without a STEM background. The employment market recognizes how rare you are. But this advantage is wiped out if you can't get into a good law school in the first place.