Goal(s): big/mid/shit law (ANYWHERE; even overseas)
Regional Ties: NONE; born in socal, went to school in indiana, family in NC, DC, CA, IL but that's about it. I actually have much more ties in Asia (SK, HK, SG, JP) however, I am more than willing to stay where I go to law school. don't have residency in any state but US citizen.
School(s): Accepted at GW(no money so far), UIUC($$$), UGA($+tuition equalizer), IU($$), WISC(no money so far), SMU($$), KENT($$$)
Pending: NW, WM, WL, MIN, WUSTL, BC, EMORY, USC, UH, ND
Other pertinent information: 165+ used up all 3 chances at LSAT (studied like hell; next available June 2015), <2.8 GPA, 5+ WE (but no real career options), biz major, 30+ yrs old, semi debt averse, fully bi-lingual (east asian language)
So far, the best value+job prospects I have available is UGA (assuming I get in-state starting 2L) and UIUC (planning on negotiating later). I'm in a situation where if I don't go to law school I'll be doing the same thing until I retire (or let go) with no opportunities to move up or make more than what I'm making now (~48k). I am not willing to pay sticker ANYWHERE. Don't care if hogwarts offered me a seat. I am not taking out more than 50k total in loans. I have enough money saved up to pay 4 years COL (in case I have to work for free/unemployed after I graduate) so tuition is the only money I need to borrow.
Is UGA/UIUC worth ~50K debt when calculating odds of a decent outcome?
PLEASE do not say RETAKE.