I want to thank you for a place like this. I never even considered becoming a lawyer when I was younger. I got involved with politics and issues important to me when I lived in Florida. I realized that working in the field of law would give me the credibility when dealing with people in those issues, so I looked into becoming a paralegal (I still didn't think I had what it took to be a lawyer). I will be 44 next month and I had never attended college before.
In North Carolina I attended school for two semesters as a paralegal major. I then moved back home to Lancaster Pa. I was half-way through my second semester in NC when I learned I was going to move back here. It was then I realized that I could actually go on and attend law school. I talked to my professor/instructor from NC before I left. He is bar certified in Florida and Pennsylvania and has been a paralegal instructor for 25-years. I figured he would know if I had what it took, as far as brains go, to attend law school. He felt I did, so I am on track here in PA.
I am looking forward to my second semester at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). None of my credits from South College in NC transfered, so I am starting over again. I am a Political Science major and I am duall enrolled in Penn State Harrisburg. That means that all my credits from HACC, as long as I maintain a C average or above, will transferr to Penn State Harrisburg and the transfer fees will be waived.
My ultimate plan is to go on to attend Dickinson Law School after I get my BA with Penn State. I have talked with the admissions director with Dickinson. He said I am on track and as long as my grades stay up and I have good LSATS I have as good a chance as any body else to get in.
I have read some of the posts about non-traditional students and how it is harder for us than the younger crowd to get good-paying jobs, so I am not having dreams of being hired by a huge law firm in New York or San Fransico. I just want a decent career at this point in my life. I am not married and I have no children. I can give a career the attention much younger folks would, with the added bonus of wisdom and life experience that the younger crowd doesn't have.
Thank you again for the board. I am looking over the questions asked here, reading the LSAT information and watching what is said about schools and all the questions being asked. It does help to know I have somewhere to go when I need help.