« on: May 17, 2012, 03:51:19 PM »
I could use some guidance in two areas, please.
First, a little about me. I'm a 45 year old undergraduate who has worked in a family carpet cleaning business for the past 20+ years, with no insurance, living week to week on about $32k year (yeah, I've always been a working class stiff). I always wanted to practice law whether it was arguing a civil case, a criminal case, or even help small business owners collect on their accounts receivables, so I took the plunge back into college about 3 years ago. I am currently on track to graduate next year with a high grade point average (3.7+) with a double major in Political Science & Philosophy, and am averaging about 160 on practice LSATS. By the time I'm done with the undergraduate and law degrees, even at a local state school (large metro), I'll be about $100k in debt. However, I fully intend to hang a shingle and start doing collections work for small mom & pop companies across the state who service the multi-family housing (apartment) market for property investment and management firms, as unsecured creditors. I know our small company generates an easy $15k annually for our current attorney and we're small potatoes in a market saturated with small potatoes who need the collections assistance.
Second, I'm confident I'll get admitted to law school but want to maximize my ability to be able to do a few things immediately upon graduation/passing the Bar exam.
1 - Be competent to serve as prosecutor or public defender if the debt load proves too much and I need to serve 10 years in public interest to get out from under it.
2 - Be competent to hang a shingle for small business assistance (organization, contracts, collections)
3 - Be competent to hang a shingle for criminal defense (DUI, for example)
4 - Be competent to hang a shingle for civil litigation (insurance bad faith, for example)
Which brings me to where I need the help.
A - I need a reality check to know if what I'm looking to do is really worth it from a financial standpoint considering the current legal market and economy.
B - Looking at the course offering, I've tentatively selected the courses and semesters that *I THINK* will best serve my end goal of solo practice, and would like advice, comments, and criticisms of what I've selected. I list them below.
Thank you very much for any assistance and guidance.
Year 1 Fall
Civil Procedure I
Legal Methods I
Year 1 Spring
Civil Procedure II
Legal Methods II
Year 2 Fall
Business Organizations I
Criminal Procedure I
Civil Procedure III
Year 2 Spring
Debtor – Creditor
Criminal Procedure II
Year 3 Fall
Criminal Justice Extern.
Legal Argument & Appellate Practice
Year 3 Spring
General Sessions Litigation Clinic
State Civil Procedure Seminar.