Thank you for your input. I have decided that since I will not have enough money to attend a real law school, I am better off focusing on the certified legal assistant exam and on honing my legal research skills by writing and submitting more articles on legal issues to bepress and to getcited.org.
I am choosing to be a paralegal first. I can't use Mid Atlantic's JD in Florida. It will be useful in California after I establish a reputation for superior legal knowledge here. The ABA approves of certified legal assistants.