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Specific Groups => Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students => Topic started by: tshavard on February 12, 2004, 11:44:54 AM

Title: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: tshavard on February 12, 2004, 11:44:54 AM
hi guys im in my mid 30's with a maters degree..a wife and a child..i want to stay in texas..i will probably take the lsat in june...what are my chances? anyone similar in story to me? thanks.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: apartment on February 12, 2004, 12:01:01 PM
No one could guess until you've taken the LSAT.

Undergrad GPA and LSAT are the two biggest factors in the application process regardless of your age or family situation.

Good luck, you'll do fine.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: ferris on February 12, 2004, 12:40:10 PM
I'm early 30's and taking a shot in Texas...so we'll see what happens!  Best of luck to you.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: freshstart on February 12, 2004, 12:50:42 PM
I'll be 34 in March, and I have a 20 month old child and a husband, and I will be a 1L this fall.  I say go for it!  We prepared by paying off all our debts because my husband will stay at home with the baby while I am in school, though he may give baton lessons for a little side income.  I will be working during the summers as well.  I am waiting to hear back from the schools to which I applied, but I do have an offer of a full ride from a Tier 3 school.

There is nothing you can do about your undergrad GPA at this point, but do not underestimate the LSAT.  I studied using a single practice guide and doing a couple of tests.  At the time, I thought that would be adequate, but in hindsight (after reading a lot of these boards), I should have done much more.  Start studying now!
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: David Bakody on February 12, 2004, 01:53:07 PM
I am in my mid 30's, three small children and a wife.  I've applied to about 15 law schools.  I haven't heard from a single one yet, so I honestly can't say "Go for it!  It's do-able!"

So, I'll just say this - I'm going for it myself and am very happy about it.  I always felt if I didn't at least try, I would regret it for the rest of my life, and I really hate having regrets...
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: sagemenscircle on February 28, 2004, 06:12:18 PM
I'm 53. LOTS of 30's and 40's going to LS. The rest of it depends on your LSAT, your GPA, your finances, and your attitude.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: macheko on February 28, 2004, 11:39:44 PM
I'm 33 and I'm quiting my job and going to George Washington in DC this fall. I'm very excited about it!
I'd say get your finances in order, study hard for the LSAT and get ready study hard and live like a student again for 3 years. If you want it you can do it!
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: planejane on March 01, 2004, 06:33:48 AM
 :D

I am 32 now and will be 33 going on 34 when I go to law school Fall 2005.  I am taking the LSAT in June this year.  I am quitting (or taking a leave of absence from my career) my aviation job and planning to go for entire law school experience.  It is ashame it is fall of next year instead of this year.  I just have to do my time, pay off my bills (almost there), save some money, and totally go for it.  To boot, I am a single parent.  I can't wait!

Good Luck!
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: karenw911 on March 01, 2004, 04:10:47 PM
I too am a mid-30's and from what I've seen, returning non-traditional students are given a slight advantage, assuming they have the same LSAT, etc.  This is because law schools are looking for diverse classes and the experience that older students can bring to the classroom is desired.

Again, that doesn't mean you're guaranteed, but if comes down to you and a 23 year old with no real practical life experience, I'm willing to bet that you'll get the nod.

Karen W.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: jgruber on March 03, 2004, 11:13:59 AM
48 years old and ready to go for it.
You're not too old for law school until your grandchildren are teaching there.

 ::)
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: dta on March 13, 2004, 01:09:49 AM
Glad i found this site. I'm 33, married, a baby on the way, and planning for law school in fall 2005. Wow! What a career/life change! Fortunately, I have a wonderful and supportive wife.

It's great to see so many others taking the career change plunge!
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: ajlynnette on March 16, 2004, 06:17:31 AM
This totally makes me feel ten times better reading this and knowing there are so many people in the same boat as me to a degree!

I've been taking care of my mom (she's disabled) for the past 10yrs while trying to finish my BS in bio (I'll FINALLY be done in August, yay!). I'm taking my LSAT in June as well and hope that my score will make up for my GPA which took a serious nose-dive a few years back.

But I wish everybody who's taking the test in June the best of luck and good luck in your applications for next year! I hope to see some more helpful hints here in the meantime. :)  Thanks!
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: nathanielmark on March 16, 2004, 07:30:19 AM
Im 28, have a 5 month old son, a mortgage, and work for a large IT services company.

I am taking the LSAT in june and will be applying to 5 local PT programs in the fall.  best of luck to everyone.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: jgruber on March 16, 2004, 11:02:34 AM
Let's put it this way.
When I discussed the idea of going to law school with my grandchildren, they thought it was a good idea.   :D
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: bf3george on March 18, 2004, 02:42:41 PM
i'm 34 and giving it a shot.  i was a crappy student in my teens and twenties, but went back a few years ago and got another degree...finished that one with a 3.9, and took the lsat last year and made 167.  none of that may matter given my enduring crappiness as a young student, but the fingers are crossed.  hoping not to be a walking cautionary tale for future generations.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: jgruber on March 19, 2004, 07:31:22 AM
i'm 34 and giving it a shot.  i was a crappy student in my teens and twenties, but went back a few years ago and got another degree...finished that one with a 3.9, and took the lsat last year and made 167.  none of that may matter given my enduring crappiness as a young student, but the fingers are crossed.  hoping not to be a walking cautionary tale for future generations.


Perhaps a bribe or two in the right place could make those earlier transcripts disappear.   ;)
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: jgruber on March 19, 2004, 07:33:12 AM
Im 28, have a 5 month old son, a mortgage, and work for a large IT services company.

I am taking the LSAT in june and will be applying to 5 local PT programs in the fall.  best of luck to everyone.

Five local part-time programs?  :o Geez, I wish I had that many options.  Where are you located? 
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: JuanPRL on March 24, 2004, 10:24:11 AM
I just turned 35, am a single dad, been working in the legal field for seven years, just completed my second undergraduated degree (3.729 GPA) and I have two LSAT scores...131 & 141.  I'm thinking about taking the LSAT again in hopes of scoring in the 160's.  Any advice anyone? 
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: dta on March 24, 2004, 10:34:55 AM
what kind of law school do you want to go to? Tier 1 or 2? If so you'll definitely need to take the LSAT again and study very very hard for it. Unfortunately, most schools average your LSAT w/ any previously taken LSAT's, so you'll really need to crank up your LSAT.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: JuanPRL on March 24, 2004, 12:37:52 PM
Thanks dta.  Well as far as schools go, based on where I live (Miami, Fl.) Tier 1 is out. Tier 2 or 3 will do for me.  Hell, worse case scenario, Tier 4 will do.  I know that the school average two LSAT scores, so I'm going to have to take the LSAT again.  I enjoy the way the LSAT makes you think, however, I can do without the pressures of it being a timed test. 
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: THeath on March 24, 2004, 02:04:34 PM
I just stumbled upon this discussion board, and boy am I glad I did. I'm a 35 year old dad in DC. (My son is 16 months old.) And I'm seriously considering going to law school. I've always had a passion for social justice issues, so I'm particularly interested in public interest and civil rights law. I finished my undergrad more than 10 years ago, and have been working since then. Now I'm just wondering if I can pull it off, take the LSAT, get accepted to a law school in the metro-DC area, and actually manage to juggle work, family and law school.

Amy I crazy? I don't know, but the idea came back to life for me in just the last week. You see, I'd considered law school back during my undergrad years, but after undergrad I was in no shape for law school or grad school. I didn't know it at the time, but I'd been living with undiagnosed, untreated ADD all my life. So my undergrad years were a terrific struggle, despite having a high intelligence. I got diagnosed and found treatment about three years ago, and the difference is like night and day. My ability to focus and remember thigns has improved tremendously, and my ability to organize myself (using tools and techniques I've had to learn over the last couple of years) has gotten a lot better. So, now I think I can maybe handle law school.

I'm not sure when I want to go. Right now I'm in the information-gathering stages. I'm reading all I can, and picking brains of my lawyer accquaintances for whatever advice or information they can share. First, I'll commit to taking the LSAT (possibly in October) and see what comes of that.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: nathanielmark on April 06, 2004, 12:10:15 PM
Im 28, have a 5 month old son, a mortgage, and work for a large IT services company.

I am taking the LSAT in june and will be applying to 5 local PT programs in the fall.  best of luck to everyone.

Five local part-time programs?  :o Geez, I wish I had that many options.  Where are you located? 

I live in Northern Virginia.  I can easily take public tran to the 4 DC schools with part time programs.  there is also a school in NoVa, GMU.  they are all 1st and 2nd tier schools.

PT numbers seem to be about 2 points lower for LSAT scores also, which certainly won't hurt my chances.  I would be surprised if I did not get into at least 3/5.  but nothing is for certain.  i took the LSAT 5 years ago and did well, but need to retake it.  i am expecting to do even better on it this time.
Title: Re: mid 30's and ready to go for it !!
Post by: jgruber on April 06, 2004, 12:16:07 PM
Public transit?  Where I live we call public transit a taxi.


Im 28, have a 5 month old son, a mortgage, and work for a large IT services company.

I am taking the LSAT in june and will be applying to 5 local PT programs in the fall.  best of luck to everyone.

Five local part-time programs?  :o Geez, I wish I had that many options.  Where are you located? 

I live in Northern Virginia.  I can easily take public tran to the 4 DC schools with part time programs.  there is also a school in NoVa, GMU.  they are all 1st and 2nd tier schools.

PT numbers seem to be about 2 points lower for LSAT scores also, which certainly won't hurt my chances.  I would be surprised if I did not get into at least 3/5.  but nothing is for certain.  i took the LSAT 5 years ago and did well, but need to retake it.  i am expecting to do even better on it this time.