I am preparing for LSAT. I am also considering PT Law schools. I am currently working as a Project Engineer. It is hard for me to quit my job and go to school full time. I am having a hard time evaluating the advantages of going to Law school PT. Although, I have earned a Masters Degree going to School PT, it was till a nightmare. I have a 3.83 GPA and 165+ LSAT (prep tests), should I quit my job and try for top-tier law schools full-time or keep my job - study PT at a low rank school?
If you want to hang a shingle and do wills and divorces, part-time is fine. If you want to clerk for Scalia or make the big law monies, don't do part-time. Put these two extremes on a sliding scale and see where you land.
I'd guess that you are probably a lot better off as an engineer with a masters and some experience than a new lawyer Legal market sucks and law school is expensive no matter how you go about it. Quote from: Joey Porsche on June 30, 2010, 12:01:05 AMIf you want to hang a shingle and do wills and divorces, part-time is fine. If you want to clerk for Scalia or make the big law monies, don't do part-time. Put these two extremes on a sliding scale and see where you land.Not really true - I know more than a few part time graduates working big law and even clerking (none for scotus, but they wouldn't have been clerking on scotus even if they were nonpt by the odds). Georgetown, GW and the like have PT programs that seem to be just as good as the full time programs. Like full time, school rank, grades etc all make a huge difference. If you are comparing GULC part time to HYS full time, then yeah, you are better off (career wise) doing HYS full time, but GULC part time to GULC full time probably makes no difference. As for lifestyle, PT seems to work for people who either have no kids or social life or are amazingly productive and require little sleep.
I'm a part-timer, just finished 1L. I go to a lower ranked (between 50-100) at night, after work. I was forutnate enough to drop my hours from 40 to 32, just so I could have some sleep and sanity time. Going part time does not save you tons of time, you only take one less class per semester (Con law and Criminal law for me). My 1st semester was Intro to Law for 2 wks, then the remainder of the semsester Contracts, Torts & Legal Writing (11 credits). 2nd semester Contracts II, Property, Civ Pro & Legal Writing II (12 credits). It is not easy and you will have little time left for family and friends. I had class until 10:30 at night 2 nights 1st semester and 3 nights a week 2nd semester (and sometimes four to make up snow days!!!!!!!!!) You also miss out on things like clinics, unless you can find a way to get time off during the week. The advantage is I was able to work and still be able to pay my mortgage while attending school. If I could afford to go full time without working, I definitely would.On the plus side going PT forces you to be organized (as you already know from going PT in the past) and you will probably do very well. My class has many students who do not work in the evening program (though many are planning to transfer to FT this semester). I've heard that many schools will admit students who could not make it into the FT program into the PT one because PT didn't count towards the US News Rankings, but I don't think this is true anymore (I'm sure others on this board will know). Good luck whatever you decide to do!
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