If yo have no plans to leave Alabama, then go to Birmingham School of Law. They are state approved but have a great reputation in Alabama. I live in Atlanta and I am going to trek on out to Birmingham once a week to attend class on Saturday. There is also Miles Law School, but I do not think they are as good.
I can't get into an ABA approved school because I am 45 for one, and the other is my LSAT score was too low. The school is about $5,000 a year. No financial aid but they do have a payment plan. You are also required to take a 3 day (actually 2 day) online course in legal writing. I have a lot of legal writing experience so I thought the class was a waste of time and money.
I have no desire to work in a big firm or even practice law. I want the education and what I do with it from there, who knows. My son wants to go to Auburn... that will be in 3 years so who knows, I may end up in Alabama anyway.www.bsol.com