« on: October 22, 2010, 09:26:19 AM »
People often trust mature lawyers moreYou do understand that the reason people "trust mature lawyers more" is because they assume the "mature lawyers" have been practicing law for years and years, and so have experience? Would you disabuse your clients of their mistaken notion that you have years of legal practice behind you, or would you let them assume you've been handling people's legal problems for forty or so years?
giving them a massive competitive advantage over the kids that came straight through school and university to the law with no idea of how a business is run.How does your business experience help you with:
I want to practice Elder Law.?
What better person than an elder?How about a 30yo who graduated law school at 25, worked for a firm specializing in elder law for five years, and then started her own practice? You know, some kids really do love their grandparents, right? Not everyone wants to stick their parents in a nursing home, seize power over their parents' retirement savings, and then go off to pre-spend their inheritance.
I am studying for LSAT in December but it seems difficult for family to seriously leave me some time. My mother lives with us, she is 88 and in great shape, plus 22 year old son just came home from college to change schools and find a job and an apartment. Then ofcourse there is hubby who has demanding sales job in Petroleum industry and travels some.Is your family going to be able to live without you for three years? If they are unable to give you the time to study for the LSAT, do you think you will be able to put in the necessary time to study for your classes? Will you need to hire a caretaker for your mother while you are in school, or is she in such great shape that she is truly still independent?
I want to learn more of the law.That's a noble goal, in my opinion. But as an academic exercise, do you need a law degree to do that? Would buying some treatises and reading them on your own suffice?
As far as the money goes if I make a decent score on LSAT I think that is covered.Maybe. Depends on the school. It does sound like you're doing well on your practice exams. I don't know what UH's scholarship programs are like, so I can't comment on whether you are likely to get your tuition taken care of there. Your GPA probably isn't going to be much of a hindrance to admission, since you went to school long before the spectre of "grade inflation" reared its head.
If you don't get a substantial scholarship, will you be impacting your and your husband's retirement?
With a 165, you'd likely get some scholarship money. But note above about your family's time demands. Some schools put all of their scholarship students in the same section, and have GPA requirements to keep receiving the scholarship. Some proportion of the students will lose their scholarships after the first year (maybe after the first semester). My understanding is that my second-choice school was such a place, and that half of the students lose theirs after the first year. (They require a 3.0 to keep the scholarship, and 3.0 is the midpoint of the grading curve.)
If you think law school means hanging out on campus, sitting in the sunshine, watching clouds drift by, while talking with your classmates about legal issues . . . that can be part of it. Most of it is hours and hours of studying.
As a mature entry lawyer, I expect some difficulty in finding a law firm that is a good fit for my expectations and experiences. But within two years, I also expect to open my own law firm leveraging my other experience both legally and in terms of how I help my clients.Why would a firm hire you at age 65 (or would it be 66?), and go through all the effort of training you? Do you think that such a generous firm would then be overjoyed to see you leave to start your own firm after only two years, presumably competing with them? Since you imply that you have experience in business, look at it from the perspective of a hiring manager -- would YOU hire a job applicant in such a situation? or would you hire someone who is 25, has no family obligations, and plans to stay with the firm for ten or twenty years?
I really don't mean to throw cold water on your dreams, but try looking at it from the other side of the table.
Anyway, since your later posts make it clear that you don't really want advice, but rather want support and affirmation, I'll recommend that you take as much clinical training as you can in school, and try to clerk for small firms throughout 2L and 3L, so that you can have a basic understanding of how to serve your clients when you go solo.
Also, since you seem to dislike taking advice from young whippersnappers, I would suggest finding some older, perhaps retired, attorneys in your area to talk with. Ask them their opinions, perhaps ask if they would be willing to let you clerk at their firms.