OP, your thread definitely struck a chord with me. I don't post a lot on this forum, but I thought that I would throw out my own personal take on your situation since it pretty closely resembles mine. I don't know if I can change your mind by this point, but I figure that it's worth a shot.
After finishing in the top 5% of my class at a T50 school, I took on WAY more debt in order to transfer into a CCN school. At the time that I transferred, common consensus seemed to be that transferring into CCN equaled Biglaw (which I figured I would use in order to pay off my newly incurred debt with). Had I stayed at my old school, I would have graduated with no debt, and I still would have had a high GPA at an Ivy League undergrad and V5 legal assistant gig on my resume to throw at any employers. Well, after getting rejected by my last OCI callback, I pretty seriously considered dropping out. Actually, there was a week at the beginning of November where I stopped doing the reading for class, taking notes, going to class, etc... I thought that there was a 0% chance that I would finish the semester. I left on good terms with the firm that I had worked as a legal assistant for, so I probably could have gone back to that job, which would have paid roughly what your finance job is going to be paying.
Ultimately, I decided to finish the degree though. The bottom line is that you've already spent a ton of money, invested a lot of time, and likely went through a lot of misery to get this degree. Furthermore, no one really knows how the whole legal hiring crisis is going to play out, and if you get a UCB Law degree (especially with honors), any potential future employer is automatically going to assume that you fall solidly within the top 1% of the general population (at least as far as intelligence and work ethic go). I'm not going to lie. About 30% of the 3Ls at my CCN school just graduated with nothing lined up and are pretty pissed off about it. But when you consider the alternatives available to you by this point, I'm not sure that they're that much better. I wouldn't be surprised if there's going to be a massive government student loan bailout sometime soon since there's no way in hell that the majority of current law school students and recent law school graduates are going to be able to pay off their student loans. Are you paying straight up ca$h for the degree? Are your loans federal? Are they private?
Btw, OP, ignore all of these 0Ls who clearly have no idea what the hell they're talking about. If they knew how bad the legal market was right now, they wouldn't be going to law school (assuming either non-T14 or non-T50 w/ full ride). I know that I didn't follow that advice while I was applying myself, but frankly, the same information wasn't constantly being being thrown in my face by major newspapers/magazines back then. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/busin ... .html?_r=1
. Also, the whole "I just want to go to law school so that I can be a lawyer; I don't care about Biglaw" line is pretty stupid when you consider that the majority of students at schools ranked outside of the top 20 aren't going to be able to find full-time attorney positions upon graduating. http://www.tnr.com/article/87251/law-sc ... georgetown
Basically, shit sucks, I totally sympathize with your situation, and I think that you'd be slightly worse off dropping out now than finishing the degree. But that's just my take. Ultimately, this is going to be a tough decision that you're going to have to make on your own after a lot of soul searching. I wish you the best of luck.