« on: November 18, 2011, 08:42:18 AM »
I respect Falcon, but have a different opinion on this. Be realistic about your family needs and financial situation. I was about the same age and regret doing it for several reasons: (1) entry-level law salary could not compete with my existing professional salary, and (2) the time it took me away from family/kids. Fortunately I took out no loans and did not have to pay much for school. If you have kids, think about having them essentially going without a father for 3+ years. If you are happy with your current job and salary, consider that you will be starting out in a highly competitive field with kids half your age, likely making less than you are now if you can find a job. Imagine being at the very bottom of the food chain reporting to kids 10 or 15 younger than you. Also, if you are going to have to pay "full price," ask yourself if paying out $100K over the next 3 years is the wisest thing to do. Lawyering is very different from coaching/teaching - you may find yourself bored to tears. If this is a fairly recent itch, I suggest waiting a year before you scratch it, make sure it is TRULY what you want to do and that doing it makes good sense.
Yes, age discrimination is illegal, but unless a candidate is exceptional, I think most firms are going to take the young and hungry over-achieving "kid" out of law school who they can use, abuse, and groom over the middle-age person with experience, opinions, and personal life who might not be interested in working 14 hours a day, 6 days a week, and come back eagerly looking for more.