Ok, enough of the sugar-coating that law school is the path of all happiness. The non-trads are obviously older with more life experiences and insights into other career paths. You probably also know that law school is only one of many options to seek heaven (read $$$) on earth, but with a cost.
Now, for all you alpha-type people out there who are going to law school for the competitive and earning potential aspects, this is your thread to abuse the gracious ear of other posters. No need for social niceties. Please take a moment and discuss, what you currently do (and earning potential if comfortable), what options you are forgoing for law school, and what advantage you expect to make by being a lawyer. (and time frame)
30 year old engineering manager. Salary $110k
consultant $175k (within 3 years), better hours, but intellectual development would be less than LS
mba + corporate female dog, negligible salary increase more politics
Future LS potential
Corporate and patent attorney, with hopes of inhouse. Expect $200k within 8 years, but the path and work/life balance is less than the other options.