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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Second Thoughts.
« on: May 18, 2009, 03:13:13 PM »
I am in exactly the same situation. I was so excited about going to school, and now the excitement is waining. I wonder if it has to do with alot of negativity of chat boards and such about attending school. I also recieved nice scholarships, and would be able to go for almost free tuition. Like you, my hang-up is the debt for living expenses, and the lack of income for three years. I have been out of school for 5 years, and it seems like I have finally gotten ahold of my finances. In addition, some new jobs are opening up where I work. I really think I would like going to school and being a lawyer, its just going from a paying job to having more debt that has me nervous. I guess that is why alot of folks go right after UG.

You nailed it. Exact same boat.

Do you have a family to support as well?

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Second Thoughts.
« on: May 18, 2009, 01:58:47 PM »
It's the living expenses for my family that concern me the most. I basically get to go to law school for about 4K a year with the scholarship that I was given. The scholarship only requires that I maintain a 2.0 GPA, so as long as I am passing, the tuition is taken care of.

Leaving the relative security of my current job is giving me pause in this current economy. I also worry about fining a job three years from now.

Everyone keeps telling me that I can take out student loans to cover the family expenses while in law school. I just worry about taking on 60K in debt.

I do think that the ceiling on earning potential with a law degree is a lot higher than I will ever see in my current job. I am just trying to figure out of the benefit outweighs the risks.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Second Thoughts.
« on: May 17, 2009, 02:07:19 AM »
After sinking a lot of time, effort and money into the LSAT, applications, visiting schools, and getting accepted to a school with a very generous scholarship, I am finding myself having second thoughts about going through with actually attending this fall.

I've gone so far as to narrow my choice down to a single school, paid my seat deposit, and have been registered for classes in the fall. I am already getting welcome information from said school.

However, as I consider all of the implications of actually leaving my current job, I find myself increasingly uneasy and I am reconsidering this entire ordeal. While my tuition would be virtually free, there is the matter of losing income for 3 years and having to take out student loans to cover living expenses for my family while I attend school.

Not to mention, the economy is horrible right now and there are no guarantees that the legal market will be booming in 3 years. I am considering continuing in my current job and getting my Masters Degree (which I could do via distance learning.)

What are the consequences of withdrawing after one has gone this far? Would this scratch me in the future at this particular school if I decide to reapply? Has anyone else had second thoughts after going this far into the process? If so, how did you ultimately make your final decision?

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