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who is over 35, has more than 2 kids and wants to go to law school. I have ?s


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I am 38, married w/3 daughters ages 12, 9, and 6. I have a decent job as a govít contractor, making (50-60k yr), and have always wanted to go to law school. Life simply had other plans for me until now. 

Iím finally finishing UG in Bus. (two classes remaining) 4.0 Degree GPA (LSDAS gpa damaged by withdrawals many years ago -'86/87)

I have worked full-time and lived in SoCal since '90, Live about 1 1/4 hr from L.A.  Applying PT to Loyola, Southwestern, and UNLV (can probably transfer job to Vegas) Applied FT to Tenn (will sell home in Cal and live off profit).Wife + kids only willing to move to NV and possibly TN.

HI!  I have 10, 7, and 4 yr olds.  I just took the Feb LSAT and have many of the same concerns as you do.  We will have similar situations, because I stay at home now, and I won't need to work during law school, we will continue to survive on my husbands income.  (I am darn lucky, I shouldn't say survive, he is a civil engineer, but a one income family is somewhat tight nonetheless).  I totally admire and support those of you who do it all, kids, work, school.  I know it will not be easy, I am trying to figure out laundry strategies right now!  ;D

I will give you one caution if I might.  I am 32, I can see why you don't want to wait any more, but you might not really understand how busy life can be when your kids get in school.  Heaven forbid one of them have a problem in school, because that will take SOOO much time and mental effort on your part.  I just caution that you might wait and get at least your first into school before completely applying and committing to go right at the first moment.  My oldest is profoundly gifted (and yes, that has been very difficult with schools).  My second one (now in 2nd grade) has taken an unbelievable amount of effort this year.  She is gifted/learning disabled.  She has dysgraphia, and anything to do with writing is difficult for her, and yet she is gifted and struggles with boredom/challenge issues as well.  My point is that these little kids are only small once.  Make sure that they are well-situated in their first school experience so that you can concentrate on yours when the time is right.  You want them to love education as much as you do, and not resent what you are doing, but rather appreciate and admire you for it. Good luck with your decisions!

I have just begun to research the possibility of attending law school after I finish up my B.A. I was thinking that it may be crazy or unusual for a 37 year old w/2 kids and a full time career to even consider Law School. It's a good thing I found this discussion board. I'm glad to see that plenty of people in the same age range as I starting their legal educations. Now that I know that it can be done and alot of people are actually doing it I will consider the option more seriously. 

I just wanted to say that you single parents who posted are my heros!  I really don't know how you do it so well and admire your tenacity - go get 'em!

I am 27 (so not quite in the >35 group, but getting there!) and have an eight month old.  My hubby is unbelivably supportive of my decision to go to school, and we are ready to make the sacrifices - and we know there will be many.

For the last three years, I have worked and supported us while he started a business - now we are flip-flopping!  He will actually be bringing home a little bit more then I did, so losing my salary won't hurt us.  Our big issue right now is that we want four children and had originally planned on having them close together...actually had a pregnancy scare yesterday (TMI, I know!).  My question is:

Has anyone had a baby while in law school?

We had thought about trying during my second year, and know how tough it will be BUT I really don't think that there is ever a perfect time to be pregnant.



BK- Feel free to PM me in or about December, 2006- I'll give you my first hand experience as a mom who works full-time, after having attended a semester  :-*