Ladies: it all depends on what you hope to achieve in law school. Do you think you want a job paying $135,000 after graduation working 70 hours a week? If so, you will hurt your children, no way around that. Are you planning to shoot for working at a smaller firm in a smaller town? You might have fewer work hours and a better way of life that way. Figure out what you want to do with your degree, and make realistic plans to go for it. I go to school with women who seem to want it all, but then hate themselves for not being with their families very much. I was raised by a SAHM, and I think it was a good childhood. I personally wouldn't want my child to grow up with one absent parent. That's just me though. YMMV
Definite concern! I'm waiting to see if I am accepted (looks pretty likely but who knows) and I currently have a husband and a 6 month old. I stay home with him (just got a work at home job) and it kills me to know that in 7 months, his trusting little face could be watching me walk away from leaving him in day care.... I cry just thinking about it. I'd love nothing better than to stay home with him, but I know that to give him the lifestyle and opportunities he deserves, I need to do law school, and better to do it while he is young and won't remember the sacrifice - I will be the one sacrificing all those precious first moments. We also want more kids, and since I am 32 and wsnt 3 or 4 and not spaced too far apart, I'd probably want to have #2 during law school, and not sure how do-able that is. So, a lot to think about.