I'm a 50 yo woman that owns a moderately successful small business manufacturing reproduction carousel horses and selling them to retailers around the world (we're on The Price is Right as a prize!!)
My undergrad is a BS in Medical Technology (3.2 gpa)and I worked in a hospital diagnostic lab for 14 years before starting my company where I've been for the last 14 years. (hmmmm, first time I've done the math...14 year itch?)
I've served on our area school board, raised 2 kids on our farm (my son's in med school and my daughter is finishing her masters then hopefully phd)and have been involved in many community activities.
ok...I want to sell my business and realize a life long dream of going to law school. (I know you've heard it before a million times.
There is only one school within reasonable driving distance of where I live, so I've only got one shot.
Should I take the risk and go for it? What are my chances? We're finally financially and time ready.
Any help or comments appreciated...thanks
This just reeks of options I don't know where to start.
1) You've got the diversity factor locked up. I have to believe most schools will look at this and drool at what your experience would add to a law school class. I can't expound on this enough.
2) Do you have to sell the business? I haven't looked at U of I, but do they offer a part-time evening program or is this totally out of the question? Could you start part-time to slowly work yourself out of the business and then go full time? Is there any possibility of taking a smaller role in the company but remaining on board? This may be too difficult unless you have a second in command that you have faith in, otherwise I think you'd have a hard time not offering 'suggestions' all the time. Just out of curiosity - how big of a company are we talking?
3) Your UGPA was 20 some years ago and I think your experience far outweighs it. I think GPA is more of a factor with new grads as opposed to someone with heavy WE.
4) Medical and Health law is very strong right now if your wanted to go back into this field. Your business experience gives you a lead in any type of corporate law. You've got a lot of background to leverage for whatever path you end up on.
5) I haven't been through Champaign-Urbana lately. My first thought is the limited firms available after graduation may point you closer to Chicago, but then I looked at a map and it looks like St Louis or Springfield would be more likely choices. I'm guessing you're in Neoga. I've been through Mattoon and Sullivan a lot in a past life, not a whole lot there.
6) And of course, since I'm an ass and would dissappoint people if I didn't at least make some negative comment - Why would a successful women who raised two over-achieving kids, started her own business, and put up with the same husband for so many years (My wife tells me this is very hard), have any doubt that she could smoke law school? Geez, set your goals as you obviously have before and start practicing for the LSAT!