This my ultimate plan - to open my own practice. Like others, I will probably work for someone else to gaion some experience and build legal contacts.
Here is my plan in a nutshell:
While I attend PT (and work full-time), my wife will also continue to pursue her teaching degree/credentials. She will likely finish before I do and enter the workforce. This will afford me more opportunityies to accept lower paid positions that will give me real-world legal experience (i.e. - prosecution, defense, etc). During LS I expect to continue earning a salary similar to my current income ($50-60K). As we have been accustomed to living on my sole income for the past 13+ years, her salary will create a subsatntial increase in our household income, thus giving me more potentially acceptable employment options. While in LS I hope to do considerable networking. ltimately, it would be great to find a potential future partner that has similar ambitions. It would be even better if his/her surname is Wesson (or even Weston, or Wilson). Then we would open the "Law Offices of Smith and Wesson" (or Weston or Wilson). With a name like that, who wouldn't be frightened to enter battle with us. Additionally, I'll have bumper stickers, T-shirts, etc. made for all our clients that say "Legally Represented by Smith and Wesson".
Seriously though, the thought of someday having my own practice is one factor that has motivated me to go to LS, particularly as an older student. I would also love to be able to pass the practice down to one of my daughters - who already shows an interest in becoming an attorney.