"Kids from the law school were starting at $125-150K/yr."
That's only for people coming out of top law schools and going into top corporate law firms. The engineering analogue would be a Stanford or MIT grad who works for Google for 3 years and then joins a well-funded startup. Considering that it's not unusual for people with 3 years experience at Google to pull in $130-140k including bonus, and someone else on-thread was saying that he knows lots of firms that'll gladly pay $150K+ for top engineering talent, and I don't think $125-150K is unreasonable for a top engineer.
The majority of law students - the ones that don't go to a big-name law school - often end up setting up a private practice or working for a boutique firm for much, much lower salaries. Small-town divorce attorneys often make only about $50K/year, according to some of the alums on that thread, and it sounded like lawyers at "boutique", non-big-name law firms pulled in about $80-90K.
Are UCLA, Boston College and University of Minnesota top law schools?
Because I have family and friends who went to those schools and they made $120K starting salaries. I also have a cousin who went to probably the worst law school in the country and she made 80K straight out of school.