So you are saying law school is the ONLY other option or the BEST other option for a post grad career? Again, unless going to a T1 or getting serious financial help, my answer is 'NO' to both.
Presently the unemployment rate for college grads is about 5%. The unenployment rate for new JDs is about 10% - and climbing. Tack $150K in debt and a messed up family and I can not see how it is a good choice.kids also need a dad who is able to support them and not just be some middle position go nowhere at best pee-on.
Lots of jobs require you to be away, lawschool is not worse than overtime at some factory or office gig. The only guys that are home all the time without a PHD tend to be 30hour a week guys who worry about keeping the lights turned on. Those families tend to have their fare share of issues equal to if not beyond that of a lawstudent or a lawyer.
Toss in studentloans with no degree, that can't help.
Don't waste your breath. These fools think that landing an internship or summer associate position is equivalent to landing an associate position. When you try to warn them that the legal profession is in shambles, and that they are taking on absurd amounts of debt for little to no return, they can't see past the fact that their internship will not lead to full-time employment ("ZOMG, I come from a T4 and have an internship - pull yourselves up by your bootstraps - something must be wrong with you if you can't get a job from a T1!!!"). Never mind the fact that those from T1 and T2 schools all had summer clerkships and internships as well, but nevertheless failed to secure full-time employment afterward. They have absolutely no idea how bad the market is for first-year associates. They will find out soon enough, however.