Ya'll need to put this debt thing into perspective. Even at 50k you only owe what is essentially a mortgage on a condo for crying out loud and probably at a lower interest rate.
Sure - but after you pay your "mortgage," you still haven't paid for an actual place to live - and if you're in a city, try shelling out the equivalent of two mortgages a month on $50K. Won't leave much for things like, say, eating.
The expectation (or even strong possibility) of a salary of $50K is probably just not enough for most people to reasonably justify three years of law school and the debt that comes with it - even those who aren't in it for the big money need to know they'll have enough to pay off their debt AND have some semblance of a life, besides. $50K, at least in any mid-size-to-large city, ain't gonna do it.