I graduated in 2005 with a BA in history but I haven't gone in to the field and I have no intention of doing so either. 3 years later, I work for a university that offers tuition assistance for full-time employees to the tune of 75% off educational fees (credit hours) for up to 6 hours per semester. After looking over the various graduate and professional degrees the university offers, talking it over with my wife and family, and looking at the finances, I have decided that I would like to go to law school.
The law program at the university has a part-time "flex" program that allows students who work full-time (not just at the university, but in general) to attend school part-time and extends the program from the traditional 3 years to a 5 year ordeal. Ideally I would want to attend full-time, but my wife and I can't take out another $30-40K in loans on top of the loans we already owe for her masters degree.
My questions, directed to anyone who is currently in law school or has a JD, are as follows:
1. Even though I would be a part-time student, I still have to carry a 9 credit hour course load for 10 consecutive semesters excluding any summer classes I take. I held a 25-30 hour per week job while taking a full load during my undergrad, but obviously law school is going to be much more difficult academically. I guess what I need to ask is: am I setting myself up for failure by trying to balance law school on top of a full-time job that I have to keep in order to get the tuition assistance? Would you even consider going to law school on a part-time basis?
2. I haven't taken the LSAT. December registration has long since passed, so the last available time to take the test is in February, giving me a little over 2 months to prepare. Obviously I would like to do the best I can, but my goal is to score at least in the 158-161 range. Any advice or tips for studying for this exam?
I bought the Kaplan 2009 LSAT guide today and I am working out a study schedule. Even though I have been out of school for a few years, I have kept my brain in shape by studying for and taking various IT certification tests, all of which necessitated buying really thick study books and taking practice tests. I also bought a tip guide for writing the personal essay that goes along with the program application.
3. Of course, none of this matters if my supervisor at work doesn't go along with the plan. The law school doesn't have night classes, so I would have to miss 9 hours of work every week in order to go to class. I can make it up by adjusting my schedule so that I work 40 hours every week, but it would obviously have to be approved, so that's the biggest "no go" factor right there. Any advice on negotiating that sort of deal with a supervisor? My mother-in-law says I should get accepted to the program first so I can use that as leverage (I agree).
I want to go to law school but can only do so part-time while I hold down a full-time job.
- Would you do it?
- Any advice for the LSAT?