Abrennan wrote:I'm not planning to have 200k in debt because I will only be borrowing for tuition, not living expenses. Also, I am planning to attend a school that has a loan forgiveness program as well as utilize the benefit of the public service loan forgiveness program through the government. I know it will not eliminate all of my debt, but it will certainly not leave me with 200k in student loans.
You have to be able to get a job first to take advantage of those programs.
Mostly right with one correction- OP will have to get a public sector job to take advantage of those programs. I do not know what the LRAP at these schools are but it can't be very good (generally these schools cannot afford to subsidize the people who are willing to take low paid public sector jobs because so many people want to take them.) Therefore OP will have to go on the 10 year PSLF government program and hope it still exists after the Republicans are done squeezing all non-defense discretionary spending out of the budget.
OP: Disability/special education non-profit services is a very niche area and there are very few jobs for recent graduates at non-profits. I worked for a disability services organization for a year. They did IDEA work. They regularly received thousands of resumes for unpaid summer intern slots, many of these people had a social work background. It is insanely competitive to get these jobs and there are many students at many schools more highly ranked who want them.
Only attend a law school that will allow you to keep your debt under 50K. Then it is manageable. Retake until you get into a decent school with a good scholly and low stipulations.
Also, if you could tell us what prep company you used perhaps we could be of better help. A lot of test prep companies do not do a very good job and applicants would be much better off self-studying with the help of the LSAT forum on TLS.