I am near a couple of ABA law schools. However I have spoken to a few students from those schools and was told that the work load is immense, especially 1L. They are up way into the night after going to class, and even then it is difficult to sleep because of the work load and memorization required to be successful. I guess sleep deprivation is a requirement in law school.
Some students apparently start taking Night Quill or similar drugs a few weeks before finals in an attempt to figure out the correct doses so they can sleep thru the night and not feel drowsy during the day...especially on exam day.
I am also not willing to spend 30k to 40k plus a year to go to law school. As for going to a B&M law school not having ABA accreditation, not so sure if there is a huge advantage going to those schools. In my opinion having a regulatory test like the baby bar for schools like TLS, CLS or ALU is not so bad at least it will keep you from spending more money and time in law school. In other words, 10K spent is better than 40k!
I think most attorneys at one time or another have taken on clients they soon regret. Additionally I have never been asked by a client about the law school a particular attorney graduated from.
I also went to the trouble to ask local and state government human resources if they would recognize TLS or CLS law degrees (for non-attorney positions) and they told me they would, since both law schools have CHEA accreditation. As for actually hiring me, only time will tell, but being a sole practitioner might not be so bad.