I am a current 1L evening student and also turned 45 this summer. Between school, working full time, and dealing with the wife/kids, life has become quite busy. On the other hand, I am really enjoying the experience. I have no illusions that the big-law firms will be lining up to hire me, but I am convinced that the degree will open enough additional doors and opportunities to justify the expense. I believe the key for people in our age group is to capitalize on our existing contacts and relationships that we have built up over the years. My goal is to break into the arbitration/mediation arena. I assume that will take me at least five years, once I pass the BAR.