Most PDs have had hiring freezes for at least the last year.
Absolutely true, but the same is for any public sector work including prosecution/public defender etc. It's still an excellent career alternative to law/law school. If it means you work some mickey mouse job for a year or two while your exam and background clears and hiring picks up, then so be it, no opportunity cost and no debt. I know private investigation agencies are always hiring and if you work OT you make a perfectly decent wage...do that for a year or so then go police. I am confident that this would earn you over your lifetime far far more than most law grads can hope to make if they are even able to break into the industry.
I'm not saying being a cop is paradise but the OP asked for alternatives and I think it is an excellent alternative for a person with a bachelor's in a worthless subject who is either looking to take the OCI/debt gamble at a high ranked law school or taking on the otherwise bottom-barrel starting salaries a lib arts degree affords grads in any economy, let alone this one.
Edit: I also think taking inexpensive community college classes in something like computer sciences/programming, etc would make a lot of sense as well as a career alternative. It's a skill that is largely in demand and also enables a person to do freelance if they so chose.
I know I personally would not like the computer jobs, but I do think that is a credited alternative to LS.
I think in the past HVAC technician, etc, would be a good alternative, but I'm not sure residential construction will ever pick up again....