To the nontrads who posted: thank you for your insight, and your optimism. It's funny, there are nontrad undergrads with those wheelie bags as well...and with the "I-wash-my-kids-mouths-out-with-soap" bizarre, off-topic additions to the class discussions.
For myself, I did not do so well on the lsat, but I am interested in law, esp. public advocacy and criminal law (OK... so that's all I've been exposed to so far). I am a word nerd and a work horse, and I think I'm meant to be a lawyer. I figure debt will be just a part of my life, even with consolidation and income contingent repayment plans.
Define "not so well on the LSAT." Honestly, in this economy if you can't get into a top school you are insane for taking on the debt of law school. You will end up bitter, unemployed, and buried under mounds of debt while having lost 3-4 years of your life.
I got a 154, 60th percentile. Really not so well. But like I said, I am interested in public advocacy and criminal law right now, and I agree with much of what Mathies said (uh, in this thread). I make my own plans. I plan on LRAP, government income contingent repayment options, and loads of debt for ten years. I plan on finding my own way, be it working as a public defender or starting my own advocacy center using one skinny grant at a time. Despite what some unnamed persons say about poor people, it changes your perspective in a freeing way sometimes. You aren't afraid of big bad debt for instance. And your measure of success changes too. I know an attorney who argued in front of the Supreme Court. He went to a T-4. You T-14 people are undoubtedly the popular kids, runnin' things. That isn't all that's going on.