i am married and have the support. i work full time now and i am finishing my undergrad now to graduate in may. i think it is challenging now. i just hate to see law school. i am worried that i won;t have anytime for my family or for myself. That is why i am asking everyone in my shoes how they do it. I need ideas now so i am prepared. thanks for responding
I'm 35 with exactly two children (ages 2 and 4). I don't precisely fit the criteria of your question, but I'm close, I suppose.I'm a 1L in the evening division of my school and I work full time during the days. My wife also works full time. We have no family in the area.How am I doing it (and how is my wife managing both kids without me)? One day at a time. Honestly, it's not easy. I'm gone from 7am - 10pm 3 nights a week (and a lot of other evening programs may be 4-5 nights a week). I'm also studying a lot on the nights I'm home and on the weekends.I don't know your family situation (spouse or other family available to help out), but I wouldn't do this without some type of help available. It's not just going to class and then coming home. The amount of reading is tremendous, not including time you may have to spend at the library doing research for your legal writing course.If you have a burning desire to go to law school, you'll make it work. If it's just an interest in law, I suggest you buy the E&E books (Examples and Explanations) for the various subjects and read it at your own pace. Then again...I could just be saying this because I only get 5 hours of sleep a night and I'm thoroughly exhausted. Maybe you should ask me again next summer when I have some time off.
holy sh*t. that describes my prospective situation almost to a T. would it be easier if someone had read the E&E series prior to law school?(how long is the commute, and the relative ranking of the school?)
Who is over 35, you have more than 2 kids and wants to go to law school or is already in law school. I am just trying to think if this is actually feasible and do other people really do it. If you are in law school, how are you doing it?
I think there is some difference when a man returns to school versus a woman. Unfortunately, society still looks at the woman/mother to take care of kids, do housework etc. Some of the PT male students with families have told me it is very doable and that their wives are extremely supportive. When they get home after school and work, they study and the wife will take care of all the home issues with reaisng kids and other chores. The women I have met have told me stories of trying to balance it all, and one woman said that things just get neglected and her family has had to sacrifice such as her 10 year old learning to do his own laundry and make some of his own meals because she could not do it working FT and law school PT. I am contemplating working PT and school PT just to have some time with family. CHildren will have to be in daycare or school FT. I will use that time to study. Don't know what to do about chores and things yet.