Very helpful advice.
I can definitely parlay my work experience into a full-time position within a corp. How heavily does the area of work experience factor into admission? Realistically I would be hired into an entry-level manufacturing position within a massive corp. There would be little to no parallels to the legal world.
Part of my desire to go to law school stems from wanting to get away from the post-graduate job prospects that would inevitably have me rotting away in a cube at a failing american manufacturing plant....
Maybe I can land myself in consulting!
Hey peaches. It is ok that the full time work has nothing to do with law. It's more about being a grown up, providing for yourself, and showing you are capable of being a productive member of society.
You wont land a consulting job straight out of law school. It just doesnt happen. After working for a firm for some time, you would then be able to lateral into that kind of position.
Iowa/Wisc like seem reasonable Midwest options, but probably not with $$. If I were you, I would retake(June or Oct), get a 4.0 this year (but still appy this fall), take the patent bar, and shoot for IP. If you are no longer intested in science, disregard the science patent bar/IP advice.
If you retake and score 167+, you have a shot at UMN and WUSTL.