From what I have read and heard, it comes down to a few choices about money.
1) Pray for scholarships
2) Go into debt big time and work like mad to get a high paying (read work like a dog) position
3) Find a cheaper school (online, night school, etc.) and expect to be at a disadvantage when seeking a competitive position.
I am 48 and applying to law school for the first time. I cannot stop working so I am compromising and trying for night school, Nashville School of Law. It is not ABA approved, but has an excellent reputation. Hell, Al Gore, Sr. was an alum and three years after graduation he was in the US Congress.
I know that a JD from NSL will put me behind Vanderbilt and Harvard and other graduates, but I can live with that because I don't think they and I will be going after the same kinds of positions.
If you want to grab a high-powered, high-paying gig, you'll have to bite the bullet on the bucks. If your hoped for field of law is not as competitive (I'm hoping to start a small practice in family law in a small town.) then you can afford to compromise.
Ramble, ramble, ramble. You get the idea.
I have a question of course.
I want to go to law school and then practice aviation law. I have almost a decade in the aviation industry now. I am also a single parent.
How do people just go to law school financially? Do they live off the student loans? I will have all my credit cards paid off at the end of the year and I will still have nine months left on my car loan come August 2005.
I want to just go to law school and totally experience it. I have two associate's degrees and I am completing my bachelor's degree all online. I want to GO to law school.
Any suggestions on how this financial stuff works?