desmo,No, I understand that I asked a loaded question. I guess in my heart I knew what the responses would be, and my best-case scenario would be to hear from someone who had similar circumstances and made the leap anyway (whether successfully or not). It's just kind of disappointing to have others spell out what I suspected in the first place...Oh well. Maybe a career counselor would be a good place to start. I had thought about that, but I figured that I would also reapply to law school to hedge my bets. Does anyone know where one would find a career counselor?
I agree about the full time issue, and am planning to apply to part time programs as a result of the reality check I received from this post (thanks to all-seriously! ). There aren't any public schools in the area, but I really think that I can make a go at a part time program at a private school if I get a good merit scholarship. That remains to be seen. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to become a lawyer, I just want to make sure that I don't get in too far over my head...that wouldn't be fair to me or (especially) my family.
Question: Why do you want to be a lawyer 'so bad'?! You realize it's a crappy profession, and that many, many attorneys are VERY unhappy with their lives. I am of the opinion that the only 'happy' lawyers are solo practitioners or those who do public interest work (because they are all about 'doing good', and being a lawyer is a great way to do that - but these people make no $). Even then being a lawyer sucks. I mean, I like to argue just as much as the next guy, but the idea of bickering every day on behalf of others really sickens me.