I want to work in CA ideally, aka transfer up to a UCLA/USC.
However, at the end of the day, my main concern is making as much money as possible, whatever that may be given the schools I'm getting acceptances from.
If I cant get to UCLA/USC, I would then settle for a 60-80k salary in cheap COL NV or OH instead of a 30-50k salary in expensive COL CA.
What I need to figure out is which school gives me the best shot at:
A) Getting to UCLA/USC, or
B) making the most money possible with my JD...
Ugh. There's so much wrong with this.
1. How does a 25% chance at making $60k mean you'll probably be making 60-80k coming out of UNLV? (Hint: You aren't a special snowflake, and odds are you won't be making that much - even if you do manage to obtain a full time permanent legal job).
2. Seriously, do not count on transferring. Your best shot at getting to UCLA/USC would be retaking the LSAT until you have a good enough LSAT. The lowest CA school you should take is UC-Davis/Hastings... or Pepperdine/USD if it's very cheap.
3. This is a horrible reason for going to law school. You probably will make a mediocre amount of money, especially with your numbers and the schools you are looking at (and by mediocre I mean $30-50k, all while paying off mountains of debt). Law school generally is a shitty profession and you'll be especially miserable if your main motivation is money. If you want to just make decent money and don't care about the work itself there are WAY better routes than law (and I wouldn't worry about prestige of the profession, you won't get any prestige with a McGeorge/Case degree anyway).