So my first point to make is that contrary to what the Toileteers claim, tuition at law school today is not too high. In fact, based on what you get, it is too low.
An article from 2011 about designer jeans discusses that a pair of jeans, made domestically in the USA, cannot be sold for under $200. Most jeans are imported, because as it turns out, 99% of jeans bought today are sold for under $50. There was a chart and explanation to justify the cost of domestically produced jeans. Many commenters did not like the fact that jeans could cost so much, when they are used to themselves paying much less. But that "is what it is", as dumb people (non-JD holders) like to say.
When it comes to domestically producing something, things just cost a lot in the United States. Despite the myth of the US not being socialized and having a "free market" (you get taxed for free, that is) it is similar to other western "socialist" countries in that we have mucho regulations, laws, agencies, state local and federal, environmental and employment issues to comply with, all of which cost money. True, universities & law schools are generally tax-exempt non-profits, but ignore that for now, it does not concern you. To wit, our schooling of you dear students costs lots of money. Your tuition goes right back to you. We need to operate physical plant buildings, heat, air conditioning; did you think that paid for itself? Duh. We have to pay our stonemasons and architects: see? Not to mention the landscaping costs—take a look at Lewis & Clark's foliage, which some students on "TLS" said makes it worth the tuition alone. It just costs a lot to provide the services you students need; not want, but need. Tuition increases because demands made on us by you increase. It is an increase, but a student-driven one. Which of you did not demand that your professors get two-year sabbaticals? Or that they get guest houses overseeing some large body of water? It wasn't from the administration, I can guarantee that. We don't even like professors much, especially ones with blogs. Maybe a few deans got some bennies like that, but most of us are working hard at working for you.
Perhaps I haven't persuaded you that paying the equivalent of 4-5 new Mercedes isn't worth getting a degree already held by over a million people in this country alone. So be it; but look at the other opportunities, JD Plus we call them. The best thing about law school is if you play nice, you can be an advocate, like me, and advocating a position is what we were (in theory) trained to do. Money isn't everything; a J.D. is as precious as a little cute fat baby. What price could you put on the head of a cute little newborn? Ridiculous; how dare you then try to price a doctoral education in law.
GO TO LAW SCHOOL!