My situation is complicated and I'm hoping that someone here can provide some guidance for me. I turned 25 last week. I graduated undergrad when I was 20 (with a 3.5 gpa). Yes, I graduated in 2 and a half years from Texas A&M. After graduation, I enrolled in law school at SMU. I completed my first year and even got the highest grade in immigration law class. I also managed to get a clerkship working for an immigration attorney. However, this was to be the peak of my law school success. I stopped going to classes and eventually I got kicked out of SMU since my gpa dropped below a 2.0. I did not even bother to take the tests. For the past 2 years, I have been working as a teacher. I enjoy my work a great deal but immigration law is something that I REALLY enjoyed. I would like to teach and practice immigration law part time.
I am trying to decide on whether I should pursue a masters in education or whether I should try law school once again. My biggest 2 obstacles are 1) I got kicked out of law school at SMU so this would show up on my record and 2) I cannot ask for anymore financial aid. I am still trying to pay all the debt that I have for loans I took out at SMU. I live in TX and TX does not offer any online (correspondence) law schools. I have heard that CA is the only state that offers such type of schooling. Therefore, I am thinking about applying to one of these online schools and taking the CA BAR. It is my understanding that while TX does not recognize JDs from other states, one can practice in any federal court if one passes the CA BAR. Immigration law is federal law so I am thinking about going this route. I could continue working as a teacher. If I were to fail the CA BAR, my losses would not be as great as if I enrolled in a traditional law school whose costs would be considerably higher.
Please let me know what you guys think concerning my idea. Again, my other option would be to forget the law career altogether and pursue a masters degree in education. Perhaps I could be a principal or something.