« on: November 12, 2005, 01:10:04 AM »
I am a 2L PT evening student working 40 hours full time and 8 hours volunteering in legal field somewhere else. I am also older than you. Here's my take.
1)stability and streaming income. Possibility of no loans. Provide for family.
2)Backup just in case the legal profession is not for you or after you graduate, if you can't find a job, you have a backup.
3)If you want to stay with your current firm and just transfer to their legal department, or move up in management.
1)It's going to be hard as hell to do well because
a) Working 40+ hours at a job where I assume you are
fairly successful at and thus demanding of you,
and then going to school M-Th 6:30-9:30, and
having to possibility deal with family, something
is going to give. For me, stability of work is
essential in providing for my family, so that is
my priority. There are many nights where I can't
go to class or have to go on a business trip.
b) You are competing against other students in fairly
different situations. FT students are regulated by
the ABA for restriction of working hours but PT
does not have that. So what I mean is, you can
have people in your class who don't work at all,
giving them 40+ hours (when you are working) of
more studying time. I'm not saying it's unfair,
i'm just letting you know it's going to be hard to
2)Hard to find an internship/externship which can accomodate 40+ hours of work. I was lucky to find one that let's me volunteer 8 hours a week (2 4 hour shifts) and make up the rest of my 40+ hours of my full time job on the weekend.
Most will want you to dedicate at least, at least, 16 hours a week, with back to back days.
Tip: Look for government type jobs or public interest. They are more understanding of your situation.
3)Most meetings, speakers, etc. are scheduled during the day, during your working hours of 8-5. You will miss alot of that.
That's all I can think of for the moment.