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Get real, it's not like you are joining a monastic order. Many students raise families and hold down jobs while in law school.  If law was that difficult, how do explain all the stupid, lazy, and incompetent lawyers out there?

If anyone questions your judgment, just tell them its not like you signed up for something really stupid lifetime spinning lessons.

I'm a 38 year old mom.  I have over 13 years professional experience in IT project management but it does nothing at all for me.  I am in a position now where money is no longer an obstacle yet this seems to make decisions about my future even more difficult.  I am fortunate to live close to an excellent law school and feel that my chances of getting in are very good with an great GPA and LSAT.  I have always wanted to be in law (judicial/government), and I have always been told that I should be in law.

I just want a good idea of what I'll be giving up for the next few years.  I'll have a full time (possibly live-in) nanny, but I do not want to ignore my mom responsibilities for the entire period.  Money is not a factor in any regard (cost or post-graduation).  My concerns are all surrounding what my life will be like while in law school.  I put myself through undergraduate part-time while working full-time as an IT PM working 50-60 hr/week.  I've never been one that had to study to get A's, but I know that law school is completely different.  I just don't know how different.

There are a lot faster ways to earn $65K a year with incurring far less debt, just get an undergrad degree in a high demand area in IT or medicine.

Your MENSA capabilities will also work against you in the law which has little do with logical reasoning.

I calculated the odds at Taft at being around 8-1 against completing the program and passing the bar but that figure includes a lot of students who never had much of a chance in the first place.  Essentially once a student gets past the FYBE, their odds of eventually passing the bar are at least 50/50.

They can sneer behind your back or villify you anonymously but you would still be a licensed attorney the same as they are.

Not if you had to work with "real" attorneys.  You would be viewed as some sort of charlatan.

An executive JD in my opinion is suspect. While Taft and Concord offer EJDs, I would question if those are actually regionally accredited degrees, the Taft one is for sure not.  And real attorneys will laugh their asses off at you when your back is turned.

A PhD is not what you need, that is more an academic degree. A Masters in Legal Studies can be obtained from an accredited online school like Kaplan University if you think you need training in the law. An unaccredited JD however will just empty your wallet and be viewed with suspicion.

Waste of time and money, non bar law degrees are a joke IMO.

Online Law Schools / Re: FYLSX Statistics Posted
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:13:01 PM »
The exams are finite, memorize a couple good Gilbert outlines cover to cover and know how to brief a case. Correspondence law school is essentially a reading list. If you want more trappings and bells and whistles, Concord can offer that. Correspondence law school is better suited to someone who already has had exposure to the legal system via law enforcement, as a paralegal, etc.

Online Law Schools / Re: FYLSX Statistics Posted
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:30:45 PM »
Not sue I follow your question - correspondence study would have more emphasis on memorization and less interaction with a program because of its design.

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