Wow, I am impressed and grateful for all of the feedback, even though I've been minimally involved in the thread. It means alot, and I appreciate the passion and collaborative spirit that I can see from everyone involved within this community.
I will say that I am leaning Columbia. Absolutely nothing has changed, just a couple of days to think it out. I have to decide tomorrow. I have spoken to handfuls of persons, including friends, other non-law grad students, parents, coworkers and judges (I work in a Justice Court). Honestly, it has probably been 70/30 in favor of UCLA from them. The primary and only reason is the debt. The judge, for example, has expressed that in this uncertain legal market and economy it is simply prudent to have as minimal debt as possible. Most other persons have expressed the same sentiment.
Yet I am nonetheless, and perhaps in spite of them all, leaning in the opposite direction. Perhaps I am naive (no... make that certainly), but I have worked this hard to make it into a top school, and this is my opportunity. I feel as if Columbia, down the road, will open more doors (and diverse doors at that) than UCLA would or could. As far as the shit hours of biglaw that everyone (and I mean everyone) keeps bringing up to me forbodingly (and I mean people in my real life, not my friendly fellow TLSers), well, if I were going into accounting, or medicine, the hours would be just as rough. And, as a professional moving forward, why would I be adverse to working... isn't that the point of getting this degree??
That said, I have spoken with grad students who have shared ominous anecdotes with me. One, for example, involved a doctor who went to med school at Columbia who only recently paid off his final loan payment at the ripe age of 65. I am afraid of this debt. But, I was already willing to incur it when I thought UCLA was only giving me $90,000. While the UCLA offer has changed and become substantially more tempting, nothing has changed (in its own right) with the Columbia offer I was already willing to take and be gleeful with.
The biggest downside with Columbia is that I can't abandon law in 3 years after graduation and pursue a life as a professional musician. Just kidding. But seriously, I do appreciate the versatility and options that a full-ride from UCLA would represent. God, I may be incredibly foolish turning it down. Nonetheless, the reckoning day has arrived. I hope I have a dream that answers it all for me. God, I wish I was religious.