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Just found this forum and have been reading much.

I'm wondering if I should have my head examined?

I'm male, 41, married, 2 kids (7 and 10), own a successful real estate business, make $100K+/yr, have done well in real estate and have healthy retirement accounts I am able to feed each year.

Life is pretty much on cruise control and I expect, if everything goes as planned, I can quit working forever by the year 2015.

Problem is, I'm bored and I'm tired of being a landlord.

Instead of having a mid-life crises, I thought maybe I should look into law school. I have other reasons also, which I won't go into.


- I don't like working for others. Is there any reason I can't set up my own small practice doing real estate and landlord/tenant law right out of law school? I know I'd have to drum up my own clients, but that part doesn't worry me. My question is whether I have to have some years under my belt first or work under someone (like a real estate agent working under a Broker).

- Since I have no desire to work for a big firm, is a top tier school that important?

- I have a 17 year old felony drug conviction and I'm having a hard time finding information on how that might affect me in Texas. Does anyone know?

- How many hours a week should I expect to devote to school? Is running my business 25 to 35 hours a week while in law school out of the question? I don't aspire to be an honors student, just getting through with a B average will make me happy.

- I had a 4.0 GPA for 2 years in community college before transfering to UT Austin where my GPA was about 2.5 (worked full time, new baby). How will they compute my GPA and does GPA really matter since I graduated 10 years ago?

- I can't relocate. If I can't get into UT Law school, I've found only Baylor (in Waco) St. Mary's (in San Antonio) that would be commuting distance. Are there others I don't know about?

- What else should I be asking? Any feedback will be appreciated.


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