« on: March 25, 2010, 06:48:17 PM »
I have recently found myself in a conundrum of sorts. I was all set to go to law school (T4) in a few months with half of my tuition paid. When school began, I planned to simply reduce my hours of employment to about 10-15 hours per week to pay for gas (commuting to school) and living expenses. However, today, my current employer offered me a management position at the college based research facility I work at with a 40K per year (with benefits) compensation package.
Now, I still want to go to law school and my intent is to be in the top 10% of my class-not just a straggler. That being said, is there any way I could realistically accomplish this with a 40 hour work week? I understand the part-time division is an option, but that also may jeopardize my financial aid and scholarship package if I were to switch from full-time day division to evening division. However, assuming the switch doesn't impact my aid, is it realistic to stay within the top 10% of my class working a 40 hour per week job?
Also, if I were to go to law school in the full-time day division and just keep my part-time (20 hours) job as a researcher for the college, would even this amount of time committed to work allow me the time needed to be succesful in school (top 10% in my class being the goal)?
Any thoughtful responses, experiences, and other pertinent information is greatly appreciated.