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ShannonLibby pretty much summed it up. Let me tell you, pretty much everyone getting ready for the fall feels the way you do. I just finished my second year but I remember being extremely intimidated the first few days of school because the profs were kinda scary, the reading was really hard, and everyone around me seemed so intelligent. Even during some of orientation, I had the feeling of "what am I doing here?" I think it's natural to have doubts about actually going, if you're going to succeed, etc. But you'll never know if you don't give it a shot and there's nothing that says you have to stay after first semester if you decide its not for you.
I'd look at whatever state you plan on practicing in. While there may be a lot of opportunity in some states, other states have a pretty saturated lawyer market. Since you are worried about the debt, consider what the average starting salary is in the state and keep in mind that half make lower than what is stated. Is it going to be enough so that you can make your loan payments and have a life too? Also, I'd look at the Bar passage rate and job placement at your school and whatever state you want to practice in to make sure you aren't going to be at the end with a dismal chance of passing the Bar or even finding a job. These are things that I kinda skimmed over when I made my decision to go to my law school but now wish that I'd have researched more in depth.
Law school is a huge commitment, but its very rewarding at the same time. Since you've been exposed to the work lawyers actually do (as a paralegal) you probably know the realities of being a lawyer. It's not as glamorous as some would like it to believe. Sounds to me like you just have the jitters, but follow your guy on this one. You still have a couple more months before you have to make the final decision.
I've had to take out loans for pretty much all of law school so you can imagine the amount racks up pretty fast. I have Stafford loans and private loans to cover what Stafford doesn't. So, since I have a sizeable amount of private loan debt now, I guess they thought I needed a co-signer. I wouldn't think you'd have a problem with $2000 but I also don't know your credit history. My amount was around $12,000.
I have Bank One loans and don't have any complaints so far...but I haven't started paying them back yet. Be careful not to take too much out along the way. I had to have a co-signer for the summer b/c I've had to take out a ton of loans for school (but I'm almost done, . If I can offer any more help, let me know.
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