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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Part-time programs/ commuters
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:27:19 PM »
Duncan:

Thanks for your feedback and tip about the CDs.

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I am not an attorney and like you have lots of questions about what schools to consider. My husband is an attorney. I must say that I believe your earning potential and sucess as a lawyer has more to do with your own abilities, what you want to do and where you want to practice. My husband attended a lesser known law school (Campbell) in N.C. after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. He has a good income as a solo practioner in rural N.C. and I dare say earns just as much as as other local attorneys with ivy league degrees (I know a few in particular who attended Harvard). I think it is unreasonable to expect that your first job is going to be a money-maker. His first job was $20,000 a year plus commission in a real estate firm. It was temporary while he tried to get on as a prosecutor. He did six months later. He gained great experience and several years later opened his own practice and is earning six figures after expenses. I imagine metro areas are far more lucrative as well as contract or personal injury work but he does neither (does not like it). He does criminal defense and domestic work.  Success depends on how you appeal to potential clients, how you market yourself and how well you execute the particulars of your job. In his work, appealling to a jury matters more than where he got his law degree.   Enjoying some aspect of your job matters and yes being good at it (which often comes with time and expeerience). I know a lot of attorneys who hate thier job but if you want to be one, please don't believe everything you read :)

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I originally posted this under non-traditional students but recieved little comment. I have now noticed there are a lot of viewers but few comments or replies to questions. Does anyone know of other discussion boards?
Hi. I am 31, the mother of two small children ( kindergarten and preschool) married to a solo practioner in rural NC. I currently work full-time as a reporter but have decided I am up for the challenge of law school. My husband is very supportive of the idea but due to living atleast two to three hours from any law schools I am thinking a part-time program would be best. My husband has a well-established practice and I do not want him to leave it.
With that said, N.C. Central, Charlotte School of Law and Charleston School of law (with part time programs) appear to be my only options granted I get in. All are three-day per week programs and my intent is to get a place near the school and stay there 2 to 3 nights a week --hoping for minimal impact on children as with my work I am gone 2 to 3 nights a week anyway.
I am fortunate to have my husband's practice waiting for me when I graduate so I am not as concerned about the lack of prestige for the newer schools (Charleston and Charlotte) that offer the part-time programs compared with other schools. Should I be?
Is anyone here planning to attend law school within such a distance from family and keep up a twice a week commute?
I am prepping for the LSAT now but also wondering if I should go ahead and quit my job to focus on preparing for the LSAT.
Any advice

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Non-Traditional Students / Part-time programs/ commuters
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:29:23 PM »
Hi. I am 31, the mother of two small children ( kindergarten and preschool) married to a solo practioner in rural NC. I currently work full-time as a reporter but have decided I am up for the challenge of law school. My husband is very supportive of the idea but due to living atleast two to three hours from any law schools I am thinking a part-time program would be best. My husband has a well-established practice and I do not want him to leave it.
With that said, N.C. Central, Charlotte School of Law and Charleston School of law (with part time programs) appear to be my only options granted I get in. All are three-day per week programs and my intent is to get a place near the school and stay there 2 to 3 nights a week --hoping for minimal impact on children as with my work I am gone 2 to 3 nights a week anyway.
I am fortunate to have my husband's practice waiting for me when I graduate so I am not as concerned about the lack of prestige for the newer schools (Charleston and Charlotte) that offer the part-time programs compared with other schools. Should I be?
Is anyone here planning to attend law school within such a distance from family and keep up a twice a week commute?
I am prepping for the LSAT now but also wondering if I should go ahead and quit my job to focus on preparing for the LSAT.
Any advice?

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