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Hamilton:
Comment question for the OP.  I was in a similar situation where it seemed very logical that I would be able to build upon my existing career and become a XYZ-lawyer.  Found that (1) they are already plentiful, and (2) having the established professional background does not necessarily translate over to that making you a superior XYZ-lawyer who can step into the game with these people who have been practicing law for 20+ years.  Is there something unique about "nurse attorney" that existing lawyers practicing in the field are missing?  I suggest really critically evaluating the decision from many sides before pulling the trigger.

I am being a wet blanket, I know.  You do not know me from Adam, so take anything I post with 10 grains of salt.  For all you know I am a 12 year old girl making stuff up (I'm not, but this is the internet).  But maybe use my comments and experience in formulating your own thinking, questions, and self-evaluation.

Part time: would that mean keeping your job?  Between work and school, your kids will largely be on their own - is that what you want?  We only get one bite at the apple when it comes to raising and spending time with our kids while they are still young.

Boil down my advice to recommending that you rethink this once the kids are gone to college.  Use this time to prep for the LSAT and max that score.


--- Quote from: LotusRN1972 on September 15, 2011, 07:12:25 PM ---Hello,
I am new to this site. I am the single Mom of  teenagers and am presently an RN. My goal is to become a Nurse Attorney! I was wondering if there are any single parents on the site who attend school (Full opr Part) that have some words of wisdom to share with me. Thanks in advance ;D

LotusRN1972

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justanothersucker:
So if she plans to go become an actual RN/Lawyer (a real job with real demand and better pay) then she SHOULD get the JD.

If she wants to continue in a nonlegal field with a JD, not the best choice.

Good advice to live by. I support that too.

Hamilton:
You boiled my ramblings down nicely.  My big question is whether that RN/Lawyer field exists, and whether it is feasible for an older established professional to shoehorn in with a new JD.  I don't know, but think thats the big question the OP, and folks in similar circumstances needs to vett.  Not get 'rah rah go for it' sunshine blown up their shorts, or get "sold" by some law school on the idea - but TRULY explore and vett the "plan" with several practicing lawyers and look for the cold, hard truth of the plan's feasibility.

My experience was that the professional experience was "interesting," but when push came to shove, was not a game-changer and I was just another freshly-minted lawyer who needed to learn the business of practicing law from the bottom up... and that in-house counsel jobs are largely held by folks who had a fair degree of private practice experience.


--- Quote from: justanothersucker on September 16, 2011, 01:11:12 PM ---So if she plans to go become an actual RN/Lawyer (a real job with real demand and better pay) then she SHOULD get the JD.

If she wants to continue in a nonlegal field with a JD, not the best choice.

Good advice to live by. I support that too.

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FalconJimmy:
Hamilton, you actually touched on a concern I have now that I'm in this process.  I am relatively sure I'll finish my 1L year as a full-timer.  I am also relatively sure that doing this is something I do want to complete, if for no other reason than to take it off the bucket list.

However, I also have a 10 year old boy and by my calculations, I have a little more than 7 more years until he's out of the house and off living his own life.  I really don't want to miss out on much of this.

I have a wierd personal situation where I am able to sustain myself without really needing to work the way most folks do.

Being in law school?  It's like having a normal salaried job.  Especially as a 1L, you have hours you need to be there.  You have work to take home and you will probably have to do work on evenings and weekends.  It reminds me very much of the way I had to live when I had a corporate job.

I think I was just spoiled, because I was used to being able to meet my brother for a 3 hour lunch if I felt like it, or be at every single school function for my son, put him on the bus, be there when he got off, etc.

Now?  It's work.  No doubt, it's work.

So, I'd say to calculate the impact on your life, you should think about what it would be like to have another full-time+ job.  As a part-timer, frankly, if you took 9-12 hours, I think that's probably equivalent to having a 40 hour job where you punch a clock.  It's a major impact on a person's life.

justanothersucker:
Most Americans without advanced degrees have to work as much overtime as possible to pay the bills.

RN's are a GREAT example of that. So, if we are doing it by how much "free time" she will gain or lose, seems like semantics.

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