Oh, I definitely wouldn't recommend not pursing work opportunities because of financial aid. I feel much better equipped for law school than I was right out of college.
I'm actually not getting the full $8,500, but close. If I were single, I'm sure I'd be getting all of it. But if you don't get the full subsidized amount, they make up for it with more unsubsidized Stafford. Starting this school year, the amount has been raised to 20,500.
As far as studying, I studied myself, mainly just taking a lot of PrepTests. I didn't decide to take it until 7 weeks before the test, so I was on a condensed study schedule, but I was very disciplined about it. I did take a look at the PowerScore books, though LR was always my strong point, so it didn't do much for me there. It did help with Games, as I needed some speed, and learning to diagram consistently was the biggest help! I took a full-length timed test about every other day, and I worked sections in between.