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I wasnt considering a doctorate for academia- I really dont like true academia. Rather a doctorate in public administration for a future career. IDK I really am considering law school though. Also for those of you that responded to earlier posts I appreciate it. I think anyone that has taken the LSAT gone thru a law school program and passed the bar is impressive regardless of what tier the school is. I've coached long enough to know that athletes and teams from the best programs dont always win its usually who wants it more and will not give in. Admitly I am completely on the outside looking in at this whole process- I just want to ask questions and gather information. I am grateful those of you in the process or those of you that are practicing law already take time to answer my questions. Thank you so much.

Thanks again to those who posted back. I do appreciate it. I started out as Pre-law major in my undergrad but ended up getting a history degree and started teaching and coaching and kept looking at law school but was always consumed with what I was doing at the time. I am still investigating it and considering everything very carefully. I taught and coached a young man who worked extremely hard in the classroom and athletics that graduated from Stanford and UMichigan law school and he told me the reality for someone my age and not going to a top tier law school was massive debt and once you pass the bar if you could find a job you would only start at 50K. I think I knew that all a long though talking to him just confirmed it. I will continue to investigate and in the mean time will try to some interning in some firms. Thank you again for taking time to read my post I am certainly grateful for your honest candor.

Thanks to all who posted back. I have no doubt I can learn I have taught the US Constitution for 15 years inside and out. The LSAT scares me. Hamilton your post really made me think about the cost. I am not jumping into this blind I am thinking about getting a paraglegal cert and working for some local attorneys to make sure its something I really want to do otherwise I'll go back to looking at a public administration career later. The starting money for lawyers wont be great that kind of scares me too- I am not applying to any big time schools and dont have on plans of moving to a big city, etc. even if I go to law school. I just want to work for a small firm. I've worked long enough in education and with a couple of grad degrees plus coaching- creates about a 85 hour week during season but I am to about 70K which isnt bad. I also work as a sports writer in the off season. I have always wanted to go law school I would have been ready in my 20s as my undergrad would show but I have 3.8 in two grad degrees that I got teaching full time and coaching 2-3 varsity sports. Thank you so much for taking time to read my post and offer advice.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / 39 and considering law school
« on: November 17, 2011, 01:24:57 PM »
I've been a secondary history and government teacher and coach (just about every sport but now only football but really want to go to law school. I have two graduate degrees in educational administration and have decided law school is a much better alternative than going to get a Ph. D. I will have to start part time because I have a family but I worked the entire time I got both of my graduate degrees- I know the course work doesnt compare to law school. I have been in education for 16 years and I am looking at law as something I can do for the rest of my life. I am a crazy, I would love to hear your comments or suggestions. Thank you.

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