FAQs

Nobody ever asks me questions.  But if they did, this is what I would imagine them to be.

1. You had a baby in law school.  Should I?

A long answer is available here.  The short answer is – yes, if otherwise it’s a good time in your life to have a baby.

2. You had a baby in law school.  Are you crazy?

Yup.  But if you’re trying to imply that you think perhaps I am either letting law school or parenting slip through the cracks, then nope.  Both my kids and my academic record are pretty sweet, thanks.

 

3. You went to law school.  Should I?

I am writing to you as a woman consumed by the Great Recession, who chose to quit her job during the Great Recession to go to law school.  Even though it’s worked out for me, I’d say no.  Pretty much no.  I’ve seen too many friends take on six figures worth of debt (debt that is additional to any undergraduate debt they already had) only to graduate without a job, or graduate with a job that pays terribly.  If you’re thinking of going to law school, think again.  Very deeply.  Think some more.  Then think of maybe nursing instead.  Nursing, like law, is a profession where you get to see a lot of people in pain, clean up a lot of crap, and deal with often demanding and unreasonable clients.  The difference with graduating with a nursing degree is that you’ll be in extreme demand.

4. Why did you go to law school, then?

I was desperate to leave a job with an Evil Boss.  Desperation doesn’t fully encompass what I was feeling after 4 years at this place of employment, but I’ll stay away from the details.  Also, I got a full scholarship, without which I would not have considered it – if you insist on going to law school, absolutely do not pay full price.  Also, law looked like (and is, at least at my medium-sized firm) a profession in which I would be granted great autonomy, early responsibility, and be exciting, as well as a job with the potential to be extremely well-paying.  I made a quick choice, based on post-graduation employment statistics which I know now are a total lie.  I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Again, I beat the odds and landed a job that pays well, but I wouldn’t bet on that.  If I’d been fully informed, I don’t know that I’d take the same gamble again, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend that anyone else do so.

5. Why did you have kids in law school, again?

My decrepit and deteriorating eggs.  Time was of the essence.  As it turned out, it was way easier for me to have my second in law school than to have my first while working.  My 2L schedule was a lot more conducive to afternoon naps than my 8-5:30 work schedule was.

Anything else you want to know?

 

3 Responses to FAQs

  1. kristy w says:

    I seen a post you had commented on about law school and family. I have some questions for you seeing as im a mother of 2 young children pursing law school myself. If you find the time could you e-mail me. Thank you in advance.

  2. a says:

    How did you get the full scholarship?

  3. RG says:

    I was offered it, just for applying, and did not have to do anything else. I have no doubt that it was a combo of GPA and LSAT score, plus my real world experience. Schools like older folks w/management experience in their ranks.

    If you’re willing to go out on a limb, you can ask the financial aid office if they can enrich your financial aid package after acceptance letters have gone out. Once a few people who were offered scholarships have turned them down to go elsewhere, I would imagine some money might be freed up for others. I actually did this – I requested additional scholarship money to pay my fees, which were not insubstantial (such scholarship levels exist at my school – so I was one notch down from the top). They declined to enrich my already rich package, but they also didn’t withdraw what I had, so no harm no foul.

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