Really, the toughest thing at Baylor (and I think most Bayloreans would agree with me) is simply the PACE. Because of our quarter system, we have exams every 10 1/2 weeks, but the quarter system doesn't mean that you cover less material. A 1L contracts class is a 1L contracts class wherever you go, we just get about a month less time to digest it. If you start to slide, even a little, it's hard to catch up. Not impossible, but hard. I didn't think I'd survive my first year, but I'm used to the pace now. Of course, I'm only speaking from my own experience, and I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination one of those legal geniuses. This stuff takes work for me. The next toughest thing about Baylor is how much of the curriculum is required, so you wind up taking classes you wouldn't in a MILLION years take voluntarily, like Federal Income Taxation and Business Organizations. I have to say, though, that I'm glad that FedTax was required because I found not only an interest, but an aptitude. Who knew? I had NO legal experience before this. I don't think that prior pegal experience really helps, though. One of my closest friends was a paralegal for three years before law school, and she has to work as hard as I do, while another friend who majored in Math just breathes and gets fabulous grades. It all really just depends. Remember that law school grades all come out of one single exam at the end of every class, so a lot of exam success really depends more on your ability to spot issues and articulate rules while pressured for time. The fact that you took a Constitutional Law class in undergrad (this is the generalized "you", not you in particular) is NOT going to help you here.Knowing legal theory is great, but it's not going to replace the 100 UCC sections you had to memorize because the exam is closed-book! Exams take so many skills that you will probably be ahead in some areas and struggle in others. There is one universal fatality, though: cockiness. If you're prepared to struggle, then you don't get knocked off your feet. I thought that because I was an older student with a prior career and "life experience", that I would have an edge. It was a very dull edge.
As for the mommy thing, it's manageable. I have three kids and commute over 150 miles a day, but I still make it to their concerts and awards ceremonies and stuff. I'm tired a lot, but I catch up on weekends. If you don't let yourself get sucked into the social life and actually use the time between classes to get your work done, you really can take at least one day of the weekend off completely. Sometimes I get the whole weekend.
It really goes up and down, though. There will be times when you have no time. Moot Court participation is mandatory, and that sucks away 2-3 weeks of your life. Practice Court the third year is all-consuming. If you join Law Review or the Moot Court team, that's more time. Everything in between is okay.
As for the scholarship thing, I have a full-ride, too. I think the ease of keeping it really depends on the class you enter with. The class that just started this Fall is fierce, because there are more people on scholarship than can actually keep their scholarship. In my class, there were only a handful of us, so it wasn't so bad. I despaired the first quarter because I thought I'd lose it, but I pulled it out of the fire the second quarter, and am still doing well so far for the third quarter (not all grades are in yet). I'm pretty sure I'll keep it. The first three quarters are the toughest. If you make it, then you'll be fine at least through the second year. Those are the easy classes. And if you bring it up high enough, then a bad grade in Practice Court the third year won't bring your GPA down far enough to lose it.
OK, that's enough. Good luck making a decision!