SOOO I guess the consensus seems that work experience is valued more than getting a master's degree
I'll definitely take this into consideration before applying to law school. But this makes me worried because I'm in social science. And from what I've been told it's nearly impossible to get a decent full time job if one is in humanities or social science, which is why I regretted for past 3-4 years for not going into business or engineering. With that being said, is ANY form of full time work experience is considered valued?
Just throwing it out there, the cost (including living expenses) of the MA degree would be somewhere between 10-15k at most(even less as I am 80% sure that I'll be getting some sort of grant) and it will be a year long instead of two. And my undergrad deb will be around 20-25k by the time I graduate. Would it matter if I do get my master's degree at Oxford or somewhere prestigious?
Don't be 80% sure you'll get funding if you go to Oxford to do a Bphil(Oxford's M.A).
Not all Oxford graduate students are funded. Only 40% of humanities and social science grad students are funded at all. And International students cannot apply for grants from the UK's research councils (AHRC, ESRC, etc). There use to be ORSAS which had scholarships to make up the difference between home fees and international fees for international students in the UK, but that's gone now.
So, if you're a US citizen (which I'm assuming you are), don't count on getting jack from Oxford for social sciences or humanities. You would need to get external funding, which is difficult. If you do not get funding(and sorry to say, this is a good possibility), you're looking at a lot more than 10-15K a year.
Don't go to graduate school unless you have a strong interest in doing so. I'm in grad school and I love what I'm doing, but if I was doing it to get a law school bump, I think I would have dropped out. I think if you try to force yourself through a grad program just to get a bump(which may or may not exist-I'll stay out of that conversation because I don't know about it) you'll be pretty miserable. If you are interested in going, look for programs that offer good funding.