- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
I’m hoping that some of you can give me a bit of guidance or advice on this.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been bouncing around the idea of becoming a Lawyer. I’ve always wanted a career or job where I can help people and make a difference. . . and I’ve always had an interest in law and trials.
FI and I have talked it over. At the moment, my plan is to study next year for the LSAT and then sit for the exam in 2015. If I do well then we will discuss law school as a real possibility for me – he actually thinks it would be cool if I were a Lawyer. This plan gives me time to get my Undergrad loans (totaling less than 8K now) paid down as much as possible. And I would have most of my car loan paid off at that point as well, so there would be more money available for my education.
We already own our own home (condo purchased last summer) and all the expenses associated with it are more than manageable for him to handle. We do have a wedding to pay for, but we already have twice the amount we want to spend saved up, so that isn’t a big issue either.
Here are my issues:
1. I have no idea what the employment outlook is like right now for Lawyers. Can anyone point me in the direction of some statistics? If it helps, I live in Connecticut and my main areas of interest include Human Rights and Family Law (I am not opposed to other areas, but those are my main 2).
2. I am fortunate to live in Connecticut – and I say that because all 3 Law Schools in the state are located within 30 minutes of where I live. At the moment, I am leaning more towards UCONN than the other two, mostly because Quinnipiac isn’t on any top Law School lists and because no one with my Undergrad GPA seems to have been admitted to Yale (3.37 overall GPA; Graduated with a BA in English) in the past few years. Are there any CT Lawyer Bees who can give me specific guidance about these 3 Law Schools? Anyone who attended UCONN Law who can tell me specifically what to expect from the program and what their employment outlook has been?
3. Finances are a major consideration for me. One of the biggest draws of UCONN is the fact that it offers a 4 year part-time night program which totals about 18K a year. This would allow me to continue working my current job and keep my Insurance, while still being able to pay my loans. The issue is that I make less than 30K a year, which is closer to 20K after taxes and everything.
FI and I should be married by the time Law School is a real consideration, which means he could help to pay for my education. He is a CPA and makes a good amount of money at his job, but I would still need Financial Aid to complete my education due to living expenses and bills. Do any Bees have advice on funding their Law Educations? Are there any Scholarship websites I could use?
4. One of the biggest issues is the fact that FI and I want a family. He really doesn’t want our kids to be in Daycare as infants and I would really like to be home with them as well. For now, the plan is to start trying for kids about a year after we get married and for me to be a SAHM during their early years.
This doesn’t really seem like it would mesh well with a Law career. If I get my JD and stay home with them it could compromise my employment prospects because I’ve been “out of the game”. . . but if I wait to get my JD until the kids are older, I’m worried that I may face difficulties finding employment due to my age (for the record, I’m 25 now and will be 27 when I get married; so this might not be a really rational fear). Can any Bees tell me how they did things, especially if they didn’t immediately go to Law School following their Undergrad education?
I want to be able to take care of myself and our kids if anything ever happened to FI or our relationship. I feel that a Law career would help give me peace of mind that I could do that, as well as help to fufill me on a personal level. And it would be nice to be able to have a job outside the house that I could focus on when the kids are in School as well.
(Side note: I know that LSAT scores are only valid for 5 years. If I wait to pursue a Law Career, then I would hold off on taking the exam and not take it in 2015.)
5. Finally, is Law a field that you would recommend to someone who expresses interest? I understand there are long hours (especially during trials) and it can be a very high stress job. Is it a career you would encourage someone to pursue based off your own experience?
If you made it through all that, you are awesome. If you comment then you deserve Sainthood. Thank you one and all!