« on: August 03, 2010, 09:54:25 AM »
I am sorry for your loss.
I went to LS at about 37 while enjoying a succesfull career. I mainly finished law school b/c it helped with my current career, I was getting a great scholarship, and I wanted to finish what I started - not out of some passion for law. Intellectually it was an interesting experience, but the prospect of actually practicing as an attorney became very unappealing to me given my current professional situation. Given the option, I would not do it over again. When we were in our mid-20s and burning to get ahead in the world we actually enjoyed putting in prutal hours on thankless work so we could climb the ladder. When I graduated law school in my early 40s I though 'I have already paid my dues once, no way am I going to go back to the bottom, put in 70+ hours a week on low-tier tasks, and do it eagerly with a smile on my face while competing with people half my age whom I have little in common with.' In LS at 37 you are something of an outsider - think what it will be like at a firm reporting to partners 10 years younger than you.
If you worked at a top Wall Street firm, my guess is that you do not do things half-@$$ed. LS is a big time commitment and a lot of hard work if you want to be in the top % of your class. If you want to do it for intellectual stimulation - go for it. But why pursue something that does not light a fire in your belly? Do some research, there are a ton or articles and web sites regarding the over-supply of lawyers, unemployment in the field, and increasing trend in the number of JDs. Why become a part of this mess?
Instead of law, why not think about a career that truly intests you and actually benefits society? Build upon what you already have and get back in the game. Getting back into Wall Street after 3 years off will be a lot easier than getting into law by way of law school started at 37.