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I'm 35, and I've been out of college for over 10 years. I'm thinking of applying to law school. But I'm wondering, who should I ask for letters of recommendation? Current and former employers sounds like a good bet, but I'm wondering if there are other people someone in my position should consider, since former professors aren't really an option.

I just stumbled upon this discussion board, and boy am I glad I did. I'm a 35 year old dad in DC. (My son is 16 months old.) And I'm seriously considering going to law school. I've always had a passion for social justice issues, so I'm particularly interested in public interest and civil rights law. I finished my undergrad more than 10 years ago, and have been working since then. Now I'm just wondering if I can pull it off, take the LSAT, get accepted to a law school in the metro-DC area, and actually manage to juggle work, family and law school.

Amy I crazy? I don't know, but the idea came back to life for me in just the last week. You see, I'd considered law school back during my undergrad years, but after undergrad I was in no shape for law school or grad school. I didn't know it at the time, but I'd been living with undiagnosed, untreated ADD all my life. So my undergrad years were a terrific struggle, despite having a high intelligence. I got diagnosed and found treatment about three years ago, and the difference is like night and day. My ability to focus and remember thigns has improved tremendously, and my ability to organize myself (using tools and techniques I've had to learn over the last couple of years) has gotten a lot better. So, now I think I can maybe handle law school.

I'm not sure when I want to go. Right now I'm in the information-gathering stages. I'm reading all I can, and picking brains of my lawyer accquaintances for whatever advice or information they can share. First, I'll commit to taking the LSAT (possibly in October) and see what comes of that.

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