« on: February 11, 2007, 10:03:37 AM »
First, DON'T Listen to numbers whores (no offense). My wife had a child during her 2nd year. It was tough and grades suffered, but she loves being a mother and attorney. Instead of lullibies, your daughter may be put to slumber by the readings of contract law at 3 am. but other than that, they'll be fine. As long as the school is on board, GO FOR IT! Good luck.
Sorry, but having a child during 2L and having a child in the beginning of 1L is NOT the same. The learning curve is as steep as it will ever be during the first few months, and many feel like its time to sink or swim.
Everyone will be happier and healthier if you deferred for a year. (you never know that you'll carry to term, and for all that could happen, you could give birth a prematurely and miss the first week/month of classes, based on the fact that you said you're due in the beginning of classes in sept/oct area - then where would you be? -- and I'm not saying this to be a jerk or insensitive, but it happens; I was born 1.5 months premature, and my parents couldn't take me home for like 3 or 4 months).
I would imagine that a pregnancy is an acceptable reason to defer, just call up the admissions office and talk to them. If you defer, your spot will be waiting for you next Fall, you won't have to apply again, and you can begin 1L without the worries and stress that come from being pregnant and giving birth. Aside from the time you spend with your SO and child, your focus will be on climbing the learning curve.
Can't say I know what it's like to be pregnant, but I can say that I would much rather experience any heavy burden during 1L year than 2L year. Stuff like interviewing, journals, moot court, and any other student organizations you want to get involved with really suck up a lot of time in your second year.
Obviously, 3L year would be the most "convenient" for anything like this, but if people survive their 2L year pregnant, then you can definitely do it as a 1L.