Quote from: dbmuell on June 08, 2007, 09:50:04 AMI would love to hear from some other people that did this and can give me some reasonable assessment of what it's actually like to continue a career and be a law student at the same time. What I didn't do was spend practically any time socializing with my classmates - which is just as well, as I'm too old to keep up with them anyways.
I would love to hear from some other people that did this and can give me some reasonable assessment of what it's actually like to continue a career and be a law student at the same time.
Okay, this is a bit of a rant, but hopefully it does generate useful discussion. It seems that everywhere I go, some "helpful" person who is attending or graduated law school is telling me in condescending tones that my plan to continue working (only part time) and take a full course load in Law School will be "impossible." The common theme seems to be that I will be so shell-shocked by the workload as a 1L that I will not have time to breathe, let alone focus on a job. Any attempt by me to rationalize my decision seems to be met with vague assertions of "what do you know, you're just a 0L" or "you'll understand when you get there." The problem is, I just can't grasp the "impossible" nature that these people describe. I know what my schedule will be, I feel that I have a good idea of what the work load will be, and I have made arrangements in my life to set a lot of things aside to make time for that work load. Can it really be THAT bad?This raises several questions that I would love to hear from other "non-trads" about. Am I just being delusional in thinking that I can work this out without having to go without sleep for my first year? Are the people that I am talking to just talking up the difficulty of the 1L experience to soothe their own egos? Am I being real with myself in assuming that abilities like time management and priotizing that I have honed in my "real world" experience will give me the edge to pull this off and still be academically competitive? Could this just be a function of the "straight from undergard to 1L crowd" casting their experience on others in a different station in life? I would love to hear from some other people that did this and can give me some reasonable assessment of what it's actually like to continue a career and be a law student at the same time.
Well, I'm inherently suspicious of anyone who just rejects someone else's plan out of hand. You may very well be able to hack it, in which case who am I to tell you otherwise?That said, my immediate instinct is to offer a word of caution. I'm 30 and just finished 1L. I spent my 20s in a fast-paced, high-stress career and definitely think I had a different perspective that someone straight from college. I found the workload pretty intense - usually manageable, but regularly very busy. Then (particularly around the times when legal writing assignments were due) there were the crazy spikes. Second semester I pretty much worked all the time. We're talking: reading from about 7-9 am before class, class all morning, studying all afternoon, class again in the late afternoon/evening, study until 11 or 12. Lather, rinse, repeat. Usually did some work both days of the weekend. Again, ymmv - some people surely did more with less, and your school may not require as many credits during 1L. But don't automatically write off the fear-mongers, even if their style is annoying. I definitely underestimated the sheer volume of work and arrogantly thought I'd maintain a full, well-balanced life.Also as a final note - don't let this make you think that I don't like law school. I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit, except for those moments when I want to set myself on fire.