Didn't read through the whole thread but figured I'd add this. I'm trying to get into TTT law school part time & land a decent career during the day...sticker @ the PT program I want is 10 grand a year- I have a shitty clerical job right that I could probably pay that outta pocket, plus I have the backing of my parents. My initial plan was to try and score 165+ on the LSAT but things aren't clicking for me on a regular basis, although I have pt'ed in the low 160's. I took October and I'm at my TTT's 75th so I hope thats good enough, but I am taking again in Feb.
My point is that a TTT, under the right circumstance, isn't exactly a horrible option for some people (in any event). I figure the worst case scenario, I'll be a few grand in the hole and unemployed. I don't think there is anything else I wanna do with my life. I have a volunteer spot at a law firm, so I'm focusing on making as many connections as possible even before law school starts. For me, law school will get me out of the shithole I live in as well.
And FWIW, two friends of mine play in the NHL and their agent (who is a sports agent on the side, almost as a hobby) went to my TTT and he's a millionaire a few times over. I know another lawyer who went to M and it took him 20 years to make partner. I'm not expecting to make millions but some of it certainly is what you make of it.