Well, if I do the abroad thing it would be at a school where I have a free ride/stipend, so I'm not worried about debt. If I don't go there I won't go abroad and probably wouldn't try to either. I've never really been the make-big-bucks type and don't really think I'd ever need a huge salary to be happy...but I don't want to have to pay off debt on a shoestring budget like you said, either. also, I don't really want to have to not be in the US, which is why I'm going to get the degree here.
Are there not American firms that have offices abroad? Or what about work with human rights and stuff. I'll admit I'm very naive about law school, which is why I like to ask questions of you wise ones, but I thought there were many opportunites to work outside of the US with a JD...??