« on: June 14, 2013, 11:11:59 AM »
I know I am going to go into the time old question, "Should I go to law school?" I was hoping for some solid discussion and some cold hard truths. First, a little about me and my situation. I am a 35 year old male with a decent yet demanding occupation. I am a Search and Rescue coordinator for the US Coast Guard. I am a civilian employee of the Coast Guard. I basically work 3 twelve hour shifts a week and make about $68,000.00 a year. I am divorced, live alone, have a mortgage, pay child support for 1 amazing little boy, and basically my undergrad loans are close to being paid off. Like most of you I always have had a dream of going to law school.
So here's my chance. I have no serious relationships, I do what I want, when I want and my job even though it can be demanding and stressful during cases there is a lot of down time waiting for something to happen. Is law school a successful endeavor for someone like me? I realize that in between those 3 shifts a week I need to cram 9-12 credits a semester for 4 years.is the work load doable? Can I keep my career and do law school at the same time or is the work load of law school just too much? Also, I forgot to add I am a veteran of the CG as well. I currently work for them as civilian but previously was enlisted and have my full GI Bill to use toward it. This will greatly help with cost. So the funding is not the issue, the throwing my whole self into this the next 4 years is what is on the line and something I do not want to fail at. I can't quit my job with all the responsibilities I have to take care, but can I succeed while still working? Most of my friends say why, at my age? Because its a dream I've always had and its been itching super hard at me lately. Any advice is appreciated and be candid. I want the ugly truth.