Looking for advice? Maybe some anecdotes if you’ve been in a similar situation

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Looking for advice? Maybe some anecdotes if you’ve been in a similar situation

Postby teez » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:40 pm

Background: Just turned 26, and currently working toward my bachelors degree (economics)

I attended college right out of high school (wasn't sure what I wanted to do). I received an associates, but my GPA was abysmal (to say the least, lol).

After working for a few years, I landed one of those "career" jobs (meaning, to me, a job not in retail or food service). It started to really wear me down because of how much I hated getting up every morning and going to a job that I cared little about (actually still employed there). This led me to the decision to go back to school and receive a bachelors.

I have 2 years left, and I'm on track to graduate with a respectable GPA when it's all said and done (like I said I'm taking it very seriously this time, and I can officially say I am now a "grade grubber" :lol: ).

I do have aspirations to go to law school, not because I think it is some "golden ticket" (current employment stats show it is definitely not), but because it is something I feel like I could feel passionate about, and actually enjoy. I do not have interest in big law (doubt I would be able to get a position in a big law firm after law school even if I tried), but what I do have interest in is mid, or most likely small law (ex. family - what I guess some would call "shit law" - although I find that term pretty degrading). My interest in this area of law is due to some personal experiences which I hold connection with and feel strongly about, whereas "big law" just seems to be same extreme corporate environment I don't particularly like.

I am aware my intended career path doesn't allow for big loans, and I should apply to and hope for the highest ranked cheapest (or free) school I can get into. I know to achieve this, I should shoot for the best GPA I can obtain and maximize my LSAT.

I'm scheduled to graduate when I'm 28, probably won't actually be in law school until I'm 29 or (worst case) 30. It's kind of freaking me out to think about not finishing school until I'm 32 or 33 then being completely fresh in a new job market at that age.

What I'm looking for, I guess, is stories from other who started law school later in life. How did it go for you? How were you able to manage significant other / family / money? How were you treated by classmates and teachers?

Any other opinions from anyone are also encouraged and appreciated.

P.S. I just realized this is a super long winded post, so thank you to anyone who made it this far, lol.

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