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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: for us older folk...
« on: August 27, 2008, 11:45:10 AM »
I miss working
I miss earning money, and
I miss being around people my own age

(sorry 20-somethings, you are boring :) )

I miss earning money, too.  I feel like a bum while my wife is the primary breadwinner.  I don't really miss working because I'm busy with school.  And fortunately, there's a good mix of older folks in my class.  Some of the young'uns are alright, but there certainly are a few boring ones.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: for us older folk...
« on: August 24, 2008, 10:48:38 AM »
say like 35 and up.. what been the hardest obsticle, and how did you over come it?

The hardest thing for me was giving up the "good life" so that I could afford to go back to school. I'm 35, I had a very good job, a really nice house, no children, and a good amount of disposable income.  I was really spoiled, but I was very unhappy with my job.  I simply wasn't challenged, and I sincerely felt like I was wasting my potential.  My wife had a similar epiphany, and quit her job as a teacher to go back and earn her engineering degree. 
Watching the change in her outlook, overall happiness, and health inspired me to go back and pursue a professional degree.  After evaluating engineering, architecture, accounting, and law, I felt law was the best fit. We sold our house, bought something more modest, and got rid of a lot of things that we didn't absolutely "need."  Fortunately for me, my wife a) is very understanding, and b) has finished school and is working in a job that she loves.  I still had to borrow a huge amount of money to make this happen, but I am looking forward to the challenges of school, as well as a rewarding career that requires the full use of my mental capacity.

Maybe that is the reason that St. Mary's (T4) seems attractive to me: I saw several older students (even some with gray hair!!!) in each of the two classes I sat in on.

that was a big thing for me as well.  I'm 35, and the admissions counselor told me 40% of the law students at St. Mary's are my age or older.

on topic - I had a 160 with a miserable undergrad GPA, and I got a partial scholarship.  I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.  ;D

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