Scooby, feel free to PM me if you want to get into specifics.
I never said you were doomed to mediocrity. There is nothing inherently mediocre about working in state govt. Lots of grads from all types of schools do. Also, where you start isn't the same thing as where you finish. However, coming out of a school like yours with no mention of substantial work experience or anything else that separates you from the horde of students seeking work in DC (who all think they're special), I believe I gave you a fairly realistic assessment. I also stand behind my statement that these LLM programs are cash cows for the schools and nothing more. Like I said, your best bet is probably to seek work in your home state or AR, get some substantial experience and then try to move to the Federal/DC level.
If you want to see what kind of odds you are up against for Fed Govt. positions take a look at this:http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm
Your school career office should be able to get you a password. Note that the app pool for these jobs has increased quite a bit since the stats in the handbook were published.