I graduated from law school in 1978 after attending the U of MD (my state university).
College was $248 per semester when I started in 1971. Law school was $1350 per semester. Things cost less back then. Near the end of law school I bought the top of the line Toyota Corolla. Carpeting. Air conditioning. Tape deck. Fire engine red. Cost just under $4400.
When I got out of law school, my first job was at a firm paying me $19,000 per year! My mother said, "What are you going to do with all that money?" I said, "I'm going to spend 90% of it on women and alcohol, and just waste the other 10%."