I'm planning to continue working full-time and entering a part-time program. Seattle U's PT program is only 3.5 years, so it really doesn't take much longer to graduate at all. I've also heard repeatedly that there is no concern on the hiring front about PT programs vs. FT.
Personally, I'm not willing to give up where my current career is going. I also rely heavily on the money I make for my lifestyle, and I enjoy that. I do plan to take out student loans of about 18k per year, but I'm not too worried about that. Even at my current salary, I can pay those off after graduation without feeling much pain.
For me, the big decision right now is whether to transfer to the legal dept. (free tuition at Seattle U if I get the internal scholarship) or to, perhaps, transfer to a 30-hour per week job on another team (not too interested in the job itself, but the 30 hours per week sounds nice), or to stick with my current rapidly-rising (but 60-80 hours per week on average) job. I'll be starting school in June, so there is not much time to decide.
I hate to give up my paycheck also but based on many many horror stories I heard about how much work law school requires, I am just not sure whether I can work FT job and attend PT law school at the same time. Plus, law school is a once in a life time thing so I am not too thrilled about missing out on internships and such by going PT.
I need to make up my mind before April..... Have to choose class session on my seat deposit form.
Any other non-trads here with any advice?
I realize that LS=/=UG, but I have worked FT the past 3.5 years while I finished up my BS (this was 15 hours a semester). Basically, if I wanted great grades, I had to give up all but Sunday afternoons for hanging out time. This killed two relationships and led me to be unpleasant sometimes. However, I can't claim it didn't pay off in the long run. I finished UG with very little debt and that will be paid off by my buyout. Now without working, I can't imagine studying 5 hours a day will be much tougher than what I have already been doing. If you can give up the vast majority of your social activities, I think that working + FT LS is doable. If not, you'll be boned down the line.