Good lord, I hope my LSAC GPA isn't a 2.5. When I counted in my study abroad grades, I had like a 3.0 - and if I even get a 3.6 this semester (although I'll probably do better) then I'll have like a 3.1. And I think breaking the 3 mark makes a difference. I also think even having something slightly upward is better than just having crappy grades all the way through. Not gonna lie, I was very proud of myself when I got a 3.6 - because my school is fucking hard. You seem so dissilusioned by law school.
But I am applying to Temple, Villanova, American and Seton Hall. Then like 5 billion other schools ranked like 50-100, and my reaches as GW Part time, Cardozo and Washington and Lee.
Where did/do you go for undergad?
In your post before this you said, "I'll probably end up with a 2.5 or something," so that's what I went with, but I'll give some school based on a 3.1.
A 3.1 and 161 LSAT gives you a really good shot at:
Georgia State (under looked school)
Howard (not to mention the diversity you'd bring)
New York Law School
Penn State (climbing the all important US News Rankings)
Rutgers - Camden/Newark
and anything lower than them.
As far as reaches beyond what you wrote:
I've also heard that part-time programs don't have to report their GPA/LSAT to the average, so your scores might get you some longer looks there (Fordham and I think GW like you said).
I'd consider aiming for a smaller market (Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Phoenix etc) with fewer schools competing for jobs than going to the 4th/5th best school in New York, Philadelphia or DC. As for Philadelphia (Villanova, Temple, Rutgers, and even Penn) job offers to summer associates was less than 45% this year, which is absolutely unheard of.
I think if you talk to the bulk of people in law school currently they are disillusioned. Such is law school, I suppose. I don't think breaking a 3.0 helps to be honest, only in that it is .1 higher than a 2.9. Every application process is very formulaic, much more so than admissions would have you believe. Schools say they look at every facet of a student to get their application money. Same holds true for LSAC giving out waivers to get their $12. A little cynicism will help you in your studies.