Over in this thread, Ceen wanted to know about heading into law school straight from university. Not wanting to hijack that thread, but somewhat similarly, I want to know about going to law school after being out of university for some years.
I well remember being near the end of my university days, and wondering “where do I go from here?” While I admit I did seriously consider law school (among other graduate school options), I chose instead to try to make my way in the world. As things turned out, I went through a variety of jobs; everything from operating a forklift and driving a truck to technical writing/training and lecturing part-time at a local community college.
While I don’t regret a single experience I had, I’ve been wondering for a while if I should have gone to law school. Somehow, the study of law still appeals to me, just as it did all those years ago. I’ve been considering returning to school and taking law, actually; and so I was particularly glad to see this from Q.N. Jones in the other thread:
I’ve wondered about being the class “old fart” (comparatively speaking, of course; I’m hardly a senior citizen) in among a group of recent graduates, so maybe I can ask a few questions of Q.N. Jones and any others who can help, along those lines:
– How, generally, did your older classmates find things? Did they have a better grasp of some of the material, due to the work and life experience they brought with them? Did they perhaps have to work a little harder, because their study skills were rusty?
– Did they seem to be able to balance school and home life? I’m married (no kids) and my wife and I own a home. For that reason, I wouldn’t be going away to school; I’d apply only to the law school in our city. But while my wife is enthusiastic about my interest in going back to school (as she says, “I’m glad your middle-age crisis doesn’t involve flashy sports cars and swimsuit models”), and capable of supporting us both while I’m in school, I’m hoping that my studies won’t strain our relationship. How did your older classmates fare in this way?
– How well did the older students fit in? Did the younger students tend to include them in study groups and such? I realize that this may have more to do with an individual’s personality than anything else; but in general, were the older students seen as a part of the class whose contributions were welcomed, or were they somehow always on the periphery?
Thanks for any help with these questions, as well as for any other advice you folks may have!