I am actually very excited to find such a place to ask these kind of questions to others who may have some experience in the matter. I am a 25 year old male, finally finished my undergrad in business admin/marketing with a 3.2 gpa. The gpa could have been a lot higher but I work full-time nights for the U.S. Postal Service and attended school full-time and year round.I am married and have a 6 year old son. I also have 2 teen stepsons(my wife is 10 years older than me). My wife is very supportive of the idea of me going to law school because I truly feel and express to her that I was born to be a lawyer and to help people who cannot help themselves. However, here is my problem: I am the main source of income for my family. We are at about eye level with money coming in and money going out. My wife works part-time as a bank teller and has only a high-school education so for her to get a better paying job is not easy... we try everyday. I love her dearly but I just don't think it is realistic for me to think that she can support our family while I go to law school full-time. Some of you may tell me to go part-time and work. I live in Kansas City, MO and the only school in our area that offers a part-time program is UMKC and it is only a part-time days program which means I would have to stay on nights for the next 4 to 5 years and miss out on too much of my son's life. I am currently studying for the LSAT and am scheduled to take it Sept. 26th 2009. I was actually approved to take it twice for free. I am hoping that if I score high enough on the LSAT then maybe I can pick up a scholarship of some sort considering I am 100% hispanic and minority enrollment is down in law schools. I guess what I am really asking is...
1. Is it possible to take out large enough loans to supplement my income on top of the cost of tuition when I make upwards of 40000 per year working for the post office?
2. Is the study time really that intense that I cannot work an attend and spend enough time with my family?
3. Are there any outlets out there for minorities to access extra monies?
4. I read all of the time that only a handful of lawyers are making the good money, so is all of this stress and huge loans going to be worth it in the end, or am I just going to put my family in to huge debt that we will not be able to get out of?