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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Aim low?
« on: July 03, 2006, 09:51:46 PM »
Anyone else considering one of the relatively new for-profit law schools such as Florida Coastal, PhoenixLaw or Charlotte College of Law?  Anyone have opinions as to quality, marketability of the JD, job prospects, etc?

The reason i ask is because while likely to get into the more established (full time only) school of my choice, the possibility of part time school makes the financial aspect of this undertaking a little more palatable.  I just wonder if i'm sacrificing too much for short term convenience.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Making the decision
« on: May 23, 2006, 07:55:39 PM »
I have been seriously thinking about going to law school for the last three years.  As of this point the closest i've gotten is that i created an LSAC account.  I tend to test well and am confident that i would get admitted to a quality law school.

What's my hesitation?  Mostly family considerations.  Actually, entirely family considerations.

Like most everyone else i've read about on the board, i'm early thirties, married and have three children.  I have an excellent job that provides for my family and allows us to live a great life. 

That being said, law school has always been an ambition of mine, one that i feel slipping away from me as i get older and life gets more involved.  My wife is incredibly supportive of this goal and encourages me to go forward.

What is holding me back is not so much the work necessary to succeed in law school or event he loans that i would accrue while going.  What gets me the most is the sacrifices that my children will have to make as a result of me being in law school.  Maybe it's materialistic, but i would feel terrible if my children couldn't play in the league they want to or be able to go on a nice family vacation for three years.  Maybe it's the provider in me who feels he will somehow shirk his duties if io'm not out there earning a living.

I've considered the "take one step backward to take two steps forward" logic and agree with it in principle.  But, for me, taking that plunge has been difficult.

What was it that finally helped you all make the decision to proceed?

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