« on: April 13, 2006, 08:06:49 AM »
The other day my boss offered to pay for my law school tuition if I work full time during school. It seems like an impossible offer to refuse but I have a few reservations and I would appreciate any input that you might have about them.
I should preface this by saying, before my boss offered to cover my tuition, I planned to attend Temple Law - Evening Division and work at my current employer 2 days a week to cover my living expenses. Paying for tuition over 4 years would cost me 50-60K, because I'm a PA resident.
Here are my reservations about working full time.
1. Temple Evening student take 10-11 credits a semester. This is only 4 less credits than the full time program and full time students are not allowed to work. Is it risky to work full time and take the chance of not being able to handle the work load during 1L?
2. Working full time will probably prevent me from participating in important activities such as law review because of time restrictions.
3. Tuition reimbersement is likely to come with stings... meaning, I will likely have to work for my company (a civil engineering firm) for several years after I graduate or else will have to pay back the reimbersement.
4. The best legal job I could get with my company would be associate corporate counsel, which probably doesn't pay as much as jobs with a private law firm and sounds boring to me.
5. My girlfriend, who I've been dating for a year and a half and live with will probably dump me because I won't have any time to spend with her.
Are all of these negatives worth the 50-60K?