I'm returning to law school this fall at the ripe old age of 42. All I can say is, I wish I'd done it a LOT sooner. The thing I get out of the process is a sense that there's ... hmm ... how to put it ...A LADDER IN FRONT OF ME.I have wallowed in this career or that for much too long. I never knew whether I ought to come in to work more, or less; change my job immediately because it sucked and had no opportunity, or stick in it for the long haul because it rewarded dedication. So on. I could never TELL whether I ought to demonstrate extra effort or whether I ought to demonstrate ability to delegate to others. I never could TELL whether I ought to agree with the boss and thus disagree with his boss, or vice versa. Everything was awash in indeterminacy. So I didn't get a lot of promotions, and really there was "no future" (certainly not financially!) in any of the fields where I could easily get an entry-level job ... AND STAY IN IT FOREVER. I was in publishing, journalism, academia, copy-editing, school teaching, all the typical English major crap. Hated it all.Now I look back on it and I realize, "Hey, I hated it." At the time I looked at it and said, "So, I'm supposed to learn to like this? How do I do that?" Now I look back on it and I realize, "Hey, they weren't EVER going to promote me BECAUSE I'M BRIGHTER THAN THEM. And more qualified. All those lies about 'we do it for the love, not the money' came from people MAKING MORE MONEY THAN ME." At the time I looked at it and said, "If ONLY I do something A LEETLE BIT HARDER NEXT TIME, maybe oh maybe I'll get the approval and actually be able to quit my second job because I'll start making a living wage."I had nothing to compare to, and there were no "set procedures" by which one might get promoted or relegated. I didn't know how they kept score. In school and in law professions, there are levels where I'd BE HAPPY TO STAY. If I don't get promoted but I'm "only" making market-rate, I'd be making LITERALLY five times more than I've ever made in my life. Who's complaining.The ladder in front of me, is what I like, more than anything else, about having now applied to law school. There were steps to take -- and here are some recommendations:1. Take a Kaplan / Princeton Review / some-other-company practice LSAT. They'll let you sit one for free, all ya gotta do is call 'em up. They want your info so they can spam you so you'll buy their course. It will be in a room with other test-takers, it will be rigorously timed by a quasi-proctor, it will be computerized with bubble-sheets, it will be scored and you'll get a pretty accurate assessment of what you can and can't do. 2. Figure out whether you can be a law-school "star" (attend T14, get market rate at BigLaw, that kind of thing) or whether (like me) you'll be nipping at their heels. Then decide whether law school for you is going to be big more or not. Anything other than the T14 (maybe T20?) generally involves going to a school that is "best in region." The hiring is surprisingly localized. Market-areas such as Gulf Coast, Southeast, or California, all generally depend on location-specific education. Tulane grads get hired well in Houston; not in Minneapolis. I personally knew I wanted to be back in the Gulf region, preferably New Orleans, so I'm delighted to know I'll be attending Tulane soon. You might want to be in Grand Forks ND: don't attend Tulane! The "move" of your house, will be geography-specific. You need to know HOW REGIONAL your hiring prospects are going to have to be. That dovetails partly with your LSAT stats (see suggestion 1., above) and your GPA and the quality of your undergrad program.Those are two major thoughts about the process of deciding. If you bomb the LSAT, and think it's really not something you can do really well at, to the point that you're making 120s or 130s on it, then no, I don't think you should ever try to go to law school. Life is too short to waste on unreasonable goals, or on "faking" success by (in this example) attending a non-accredited place where you aren't rigorously trained. You'll make more money as a real estate broker, doing similar tasks to what a grad from a non-acc law school does, with a lot less educational debt. But if you zoom in and get a 179? Duuuuude ... Let us know. Where was undergrad, what's your GPA, your major, any big scholarships? Your LSAT?
Hi,I guess I fit well into this category of non-traditional students. Anyway, here is my story.I have wanted to go to law school for as long as I can remember. But of course, due to life's unexpectancies and roads that you've clearly paved somehow turning in their own directions, my take a year off before going to law school turned out to be 10 years. I am now 31 years old, I am happily married with 2 kids (my oldest is currently in grade school). I work full-time earning very good money in the legal field and I love my job , I really do. We bought a house 2 1/2 years ago and things seem to be going well. Howevever, I've always felt that something was missing. I feel very very blessed and thank God everyday for what I have and where I am, but for some reason I cannot get rid of the thought of me actually fulfilling my long time dream of going to law school and becoming an attorney. I have finally decided to apply to school.The dilema: I am considering applying for Fall '09 to schools both in NY and GA. Both my husband and I have close family in GA, our parents, siblings....so I know we will have absolutely no problems with support and assistance with our girls. I am secretly hoping that the schools in GA accept me so that I can go full-time. My husband on the other hand is not thrilled about that idea because he does not want me to quit my job AND he's not too sure about selling our house now. I really want to sell our house but I don't want to make that big decision in this kind of market and more so because I am not sure if I will get accepted into those schools.Am I being selfish and should I give up on attending law school???Help me out here please. I would appreciate all advice that comes my way.Thanks.Ready for School
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