I think I can live like a student for 6 more years.
If you are going to a tier 2 law school, you should choose DO Bank for your loans. DO stands for drop out.You can't afford $170,000 of debt with the salaries you're going to make. See e.g. http://www.law.com/pdf/nlj/regional_NY.pdf
Even if he was not on scholarship, 170k is manageable w/o "biglaw". It might not be preferable, but it certainly is manageable considering a 30 year consolidated loan breaks down to around 1000/month. This is certainly doable on the 50k/year salary some folks will make after graduation.
It is especially doable considering what many of those same lawyers that started at 50k will making 5-10 years down