BohsandOs wrote:Hi everyone; this is my first post and I'm glad I found this thread. I'm 30 (not "old" but above the median age at most schools) and am considering switching careers. I wanted to post a little bit about myself and get your feedback about possible admission and making the switch. I did a term in the Army after graduating college and always knew that I was interested in law. When it came time to get out of the Army I weighed my career options and decided to go to a full-time business school instead due to better employment prospects. Since graduation I have been working in finance for a year...and I hate every second of it. Below are some of my thoughts/concerns:
1. I am at a crossroads where I can either accept a career that I don't enjoy or take a huge risk to pursue a career that I think (but don't know) I would find more fulfilling. Has anybody else wrestled with this dilemma?
2. Due to my current work schedule of 60+ hour weeks, doing a part-time program to "sample" law isn't really an option.
3. One of my biggest concerns (other than cost obviously) is that admissions committees might view me as a "grass is always greener" type because this would be my second major career switch.
4. I likely would not be competitive at an elite university but feel I could be in the T40-60 range. For reference I went to a T30 business school. After working in finance I don't really care about making a lot of money and am instead interested in pursuing civil rights or military law. Would a school in the 40-60 range be ok for this goal?
So, the one thing I would caution you about jumping into this if the only reason is you're unhappy about your job and are trying to find something you like, it doesn't appear that way since you've stated an interest in specific types of law but I wanted to make sure it's said. The one thing law schools hate is people that appear to be applying because they don't know what else to do with their life, be it KJD or older. What is it that's drawing you to law school and a legal career? Is there something that you can directly point to that peaked your interest?
When I met with a few admissions people, they loved that I stated I had started applying to law school when I was going to graduate but wasn't sure and then took over a decade to decide that this was the right choice for me because of my career progression and how it tied to a law degree.
As to your interest in civil rights or military law, I can't speak to the latter. But for the former, what do think you want to do in civil rights law? without knowing that, it'll be hard to say what you can and cannot do.
Also, why do you think you wouldn't be competitive past the T40-60 range? Undergrad grades? Uncertainty about LSAT performance?