One of my friends and colleagues in law school rolled in at the end of the week to class, looked at me and said, “This is one of the days I wished I’d bought the red convertible instead”. I got the joke, of course, being a fellow non-traditional (or, ah-hem, older) law student.
When the older student is deciding about going back to law school, it really isn’t a choice between law and some other type of grad school degree, because many nontraditional law students already have a Master’s degree, or even a PhD in other cases. It instead is a choice between paying for law school (while not going into debt), and the little red convertible.
Some may call the little red convertible a mid-life-crisis mobile. Heck, mine isn’t even red – it is black (with a red interior). (No, I still don’t have the car yet…it will be my gift to myself after law school and the law school debt has been paid off…) My point, as I’ve made on my previous “Thinking about law school?” video, is this: there will be days if you do decide to go back to school as a nontraditional (older) law student, where you think you might have totally screwed up and made the wrong decision. For me, those days usually occur in proportion to the day of the week (high on Monday, lower on Tue & Wed, then increasingly higher until 7:30 pm on Fridays when class ends for me). The weather is also a factor here too (the nicer the day, the harder it is to roll into law school while everyone else is out playing)…in their RED convertibles!
A great piece of advice I got and now give to others thinking about law school is this: to write down the reason or reasons WHY you want to go to law school, then seal them up and put them in a safe place while you apply, get in, start, and finish your law programs. On graduation day, pull that little note back out and read it. Alternatively, if you have a flash moment of freakoutedness and decide to quit law school in the middle, take the note out and read it then before you quit. Because, some days, the ONLY thing that is going to get you through the day is to remember the big WHY. Why did I want to go to law school? Read it, and then repeat it in your brain. Read, repeat, read, repeat.
…but I’d prefer to repeat in a little red convertible! Maybe someday….