Hey LSDers...this was posted on another board I frequent. I'm hoping if I post it here and get some good responses, I can point the OP over here. On the other board, a board full of newlyweds, they'll all telling her that 34 isn't the best age to be taking on student loans and at best are recommending she talk her husband into a PT program. IMO, a 177 is worth taking on the debt and almost certain scholarships at a T14.Hi ladies,I am new here but this seems like a good place to ask, since it seems there's alot of lawyers and people with student loans on here.I graduated law school a year ago with $130k worth of debt. I don't make a ton of money, but I've been working and slowly making the debt go away.My fiance has been unhappy with his job since we met over two years ago. He decided that he wants to go to law school too. I didn't really think much about it until he took the LSAT in Feb and scored a 177. Now he wants to go to NYU or Columbia and is hell bent on applying this fall to start next year. He wants to be a prosecutor (read: low pay).I really want to move to NY, so that's not the problem. We've talked about it before. But, I am really concerned about the debt we'd be taking on. Best case scenario, I'd have $100k in debt and be supporting us, while he took on another $100k+ in debt.I'm 30 and he's 34. We don't own a house and I want kids soon, before it's too late.He is not that concerned about it because his very ill grandmother has written her will out to him and his sister, so he's set to inherit a couple hundred thousand in the short term.I'm just confused. On the one hand, I don't think it's fair to deny him a fancy private school graduate degree when I have one. And the money he'd use to pay off would come from his family. But, I don't like the idea of counting on that money (I took Wills, I know the drama that arises), and it's just a ton of debt at a fairly late stage when I feel like we should be buying a house and having kids. I just picture us as stressed out, overworked, childless 40 year olds still renting a cramped apartment, waiting for grandma to die so we can start our lives.We are going to see a marriage counselor a couple times before we get married in August. But I'd love some thoughts on this from outsiders to help me sort out my thoughts on this.Thanks!
say mean things to the grandmother to accelerate her demise. on pure principle, id have mixed feelings of relying on grandmother blood money. also, how much is the inheritance tax?the 177 is only one part of the equation and may not be reflective of his school performance or performance as an attorney. apparently this is the only criteria he's using to hedge his bet. From the sounds of this dude's performanc up to the age of 34, this dude is apparently a real feminine hygiene product. this is a better predictor than his lsat. i say, tell him to go for it and let him get what he deserves.
34 is by far not too old. The one word of caution that I would point out is some career services folks do not take talk of age discrimination seriously. Granted it should be the exception and probably is, but some law firms will look for a 20 something associate and will not consider anyone in the nontraditional age range for an associate position. When deciding on a law school as a non traditional student, I would include in the points to discuss with admissions whether the school has any policy on career services / support for non traditional students. I attended a law school at which career services was informed about age discrimination during an interview and while confirming that age discrimination did occur, career services did nothing (despite having a procedure in place in how to handle such incidents).Just a suggestion to include questions about how a school handles nontraditional student support when deciding on a law school
If you notice Age Descrimination just sue the MFs. You're a lawyer now grow a pair.