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Thanks for all the input.  I'm fortunate enough to live in an area with several schools close by that have PT programs, and I am in the fortunate position of having an employer that will work out a PT work schedule for me to get my hours down to about 20/week at a proportional pay rate.  A lot of water has to flow under the bridge for me now, but assuming that I do well enough on the LSAT in Sept to offset a mediocre GPA, I should be able to get into one of the regional schools here and be able to think about starting in Sept. '07.  So much to do, so little time!

"So what do you guys talk about?  The weather?"

More than anything else, we're both voracious readers and one of us has always just read something to stir a great conversation.  And believe me, sometimes we debate until our faces turn blue...just sometimes I have learned to hit the brakes before I'm eating dinner alone.  I find that in relationships, discrection is the better part of valor  ;D

Without going too far into the personal nitty gritty, we had a loooong talk about just such a topic.  Basically, it boils down to a needed effort on my part to realize that not not everyone is always in a mood to debate 'till their face turns blue.  Frankly, I think that the best thing an aspiring law student can have is someone that kicks their ego down a notch and reminds them that respect and admiration comes from how you talk to and treat people, not embarassing them with your stellar debate skills.  When your head gets inflated, it's good to have someone around to keep you grounded :-)

I got a good one the other day...

Having spent the better part of the last month with my face crammed in my LSAT prep books, I was out to dinner with my GF the other day and we got into some inane debate about some political issue.  After awhile, she got really sullen and pissed off looking and, when I asked what was wrong, she said "are you using your law school stuff on me?"  I was kind of stunned and gave the usual "what are you talking about?" that us men use to exacerbate an already bad situation.  "Well, you've been studying all that law school stuff.  Are you using what you've been learning to practice or something or make me feel dumb?" 

I really did not know how to explain to her that my time spent working on logic puzzles has nothing to do with being a pompous a-hole...that's something you're born with  :P

I posted this on one of the other forums and really got no response, so I thought I'd try it here.  Basically, I'm 4 years out of UG in a fairly lucrative field that I'm positive I can levarage into an even more lucrative and rewarding law career.  The only thing that has been stopping me thus far is the massive debt load required to make it happen.  For me, part time law school with a part time work schedule (<20 hrs/week) seems like an ideal solution. I could make enough to live on and pay down some tuition and get out with a LOT less debt that if I went fulltime, allowing me to follow the law career that I want, not necessarily the one that pays enough for massive student loans. 

The question here is whether this is a good idea.  Are law schools more reluctant to admit someone if they are a part time applicant? Do potential employers after law school view part time graduates as "lesser" law students?  Is law school just so hard that, even with a part time schedule, holding down a job would be too much?  What am I missing that might make this a bad idea?

Being rather new to the "applying for law school" scene, I am finding it to be a refreshing surprise how many schools in my region offer an option to do law school on a "daytime part time" basis.  On the surface, this seems to me an ideal solution. I already have a career in a lucrative industry and going to law school "part time" while working "part time" (<20 hrs a week) would allow me to reduce my debt load coming out of LS by at least 60% and work to support my living instead of financing everything.  It would also serve to keep me sharp in my current skill set, which I hope to draw and extend upon in a future law career.

The question: Is part time law school a generally good idea?  Do the "part time" applications get sent right to the bottom of the admissions pile?  More so, do the "part time" graduates get sent right to the bottom of the hiring pile upon completion of law school?   Are there any considerations I'm missing here that make this a generally bad idea? 

(Note- I have a 3.08 and my practice LSATs are in the low-160s so I'm not taking T14 here.  I want to go to a respectable law school but I am by no means applying to Yale.)

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