Got off to a rough start in Undergrad, dug myself into a hole I couldn't get out of. However, my grades improved from Freshman to Senior year. I ended up with a 2.6 from a Top 10 regional private school with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
Currently attending graduate school for a M.A. in CJ.
Will my grad school GPA have any effect on my application to law schools?
Would I have a chance to get into any law school, any ranking, with a 2.6 undergrad GPA? Could a high LSAT score redeem myself?
I understand LSAT will factor in. What range would my LSAT score need to be in to in order to get into a law school, and what would be my highest possible option in terms of ranking or tier?
Upon reading other threads, I guess I should add that I am Hispanic as well.
Hispanic really helps. URM's get a big boost. Make sure to note that on all your applications.
Your LSAC GPA will probably be slightly different than your undergrad GPA. LSAC standardizes everything by taking your letter grades and making them their own number rubric. The number rubric from your old school is ignored. Ex: At my school a B- and B+ are 2.7 and 3.3. The LSAC has a different number for a B-.
Note your upward trend. Schools like to see that.
HOWEVER, your 2.6 puts you out of reach of most of the T14. Even a 170+ LSAT would probably not be enough to get into the T6. If you do get a 170+ throw some applications towards the T6 because you may get in due to your URM status.
Realistically, you're going to need a 160+ to have a reasonable shot at the top 100 schools. Your GPA is just too low. Look for schools that are splitter friendly, want high LSAT scores, and readily accept URM's. The higher your score the better the chance you have. A 160+ isn't something you just pull out of a hat either. You have to work for it.
When applying try to apply to schools where your LSAT is above their median and, preferably, above their 75th percentile.
You have an odd case because you have the potential to be a splitter and are URM. Lawschoolpredictor becomes less reliable the more extreme your splitter status.