Realistically, if you have lived 62 and with all of that life experience you want to be a lawyer don't let some 25 year kid tell you what is best for you.
You only have one chance at life and there is nothing worse than asking yourself what would have happened had I done X Y or Z. Obviously, use a bit of common sense. However, going to law school is not like throwing 100,000 on Red 18 in Vegas.
However, people like John4040 who go to top schools think you can only do any good if you work in BigLaw or for a judge.
You never did anything about the Biglaw etc so I was wrong to say that anyways. To argue your points...Debt-He can probably get a scholarship....
Debt-He can probably get a scholarship, which are hard to maintain at tier 3's and 4's. However, he could go to a state school i.e. Florida International University, CUNY, there is a long list where tuition is only 10k or so. Or if he wanted to move to California the CBA schools have an extremely cheap price. I would not recommend going to a tier 1 school and paying full price at his age. Particularly since the typical OCI route will not work for someone who is 62.
As he said what should he do everyone always says no matter what you do it is a waste of time, but as he said he wants to be lawyer. If being a lawyer is something he wants to do then going to law school is an excellent use of his time. Sitting around watching Larry King is a waste of time if he wants to be a lawyer. As you lawyers can do a lot of harm, but also a lot of good. As I mentioned you can help people in little ways like I did with my two friend's whose landlords were trying to rip them off insanely. The landlord was clearly wrong and I helped them no litigation my name is not in the paper etc, but what I learned helped my two friends from getting screwed. There are numerous ways the law can be used to help people and it doesn't need to be in litigation. He might not ever be a congressmen, judge, or mayor. However, he could join one of the many public interest groups particularly for Elder law, since I am sure elder clients would much rather talk to a 62 year old then some naive 25 year old kid like me.
No FIRM probably will hire him at his age. As I said before he could join public interest groups, because people might be more comfortable talking to a older person than a young kid like me or you. Maybe he can go Solo, maybe he is a really hard working person who has started two businesses by himself who knows. I have met 62 year old people that have more energy than me and I have met 24 year olds that are the laziest people in the world. Just because someone is 62 doesn't mean they can't work hard.
Again, what does this person want out of it. Maybe money is not what he wants. Not everything is dollars and cents. Even so there is possibility of making money as I said before maybe he will learn how to draft Wills & Trusts very well.I would also imagine at his age a lot of people think about drafting wills and he has friends that would rather use someone they trust and know their family situation opposed to some random attorney.
Again, I am sure it is not a news flash to him that law school and the bar are difficult. I am also sure that over 62 years he has had some shi**y job. Not all professors treat you like a b***h some do and some don't. In all honestly, law school is hard, but it is not impossible people get through it. Again, you don't know what the OP has been through. Maybe they fought in Vietnamn and were a Navy Seal and they will laugh at how easy law school is compared to that sh**. Again, you are just making assumptions about this person. Do they even have a husband/wife? If they do maybe they have a pursuit they would like to take up as well instead of them both sitting around the house. That is why law school is an individual decision and what works for one person might not work for another. I am sure all the points you made are things he considered and are not newsflashes.
Of course details the risks, but always give the pros and cons and let people figure it out.
So John4040, exactly how old are you and what is your background and status (specifically) that qualifies you to spend all day "advising" prospective law students?
Then you are not a practicing attorney at any level in a law firm?