« on: February 08, 2012, 07:02:24 AM »
I guess my question is:
Is your priority to earn $65,000? Or is it to be an attorney?
I would hope as an attorney you could earn that sort of money, or much more. (And frankly, I'd be leaning towards the "more" side of the equation.)
However, if what you want to do is to earn $65,000, as others have pointed out, there are easier ways to do that. There are quite a few schools that offer an associate's degree RN program, for instance.
I disagree that your intellect is a non-factor. One thing that stands out pretty readily is that the folks in Law School are smart. You will occassionally run into a person who is not on Law Review and not in the top 10% who will tell you that Law School success has nothing to do with intellect. Although they're not entirely wrong, they're probably 90% wrong, at least in my opinion. Yes, being the smartest person in the class is no guarantee that you'll make law review. However, for the most part, smarter people do well. There's no magical aptitude that allows a person who isn't that bright to make law review.
This is very analytical work. Contrast to business where, frankly, most of the work for most of the people isn't analytical at all.
If you want to be an attorney, here's what I'd advise:
1. The name of the game is getting into the best law school you can find.
2. To get into the best law school you can find, you need the highest GPA you can get. That A you got in a government class at a community college counts the same as an A in quantum mechanics for most intents and purposes.
3. You also need the highest LSAT you can get. If you can't afford a prep course, get some books (like the Powerscore books, and whatnot.) Make sure you blast that thing out. If you can crush the SAT, you can crush the LSAT.
As for the difficulty of your circumstances, who knows, maybe back in the 60s and 70s, that would have drawn a lot of attention. These days, frankly, the people who DON'T go to school without having to work a job, etc., seem to be becoming the rarity.
When you apply you can use your circumstances as a soft-factor, but frankly, those soft-factors are probably, at most, about 2% of the admissions decision at all but maybe the top 10 law schools. (My non-expert opinion, only.) Admissions officers will always say they take a wholistic approach, etc, but when they're being candid, they'll usually admit that given the amount of applications they have to deal with, they don't have time to look at much more than easily quantifiable data. In the case of law school, that means GPA, LSAT and yes/no on being a URM.
So, get a monster GPA and go from there. Best of luck.