ViIIager wrote:I know I said it before, but I just want to reiterate:
Part-time law school means you get to keep her current income.
Tell your wife to look into keeping her job and going to a local school. I'm making six figures and my wife/kids are dependent on my income, so I chose part-time law school so I could keep my job and income. The whole cost-benefit analysis involving opportunity cost becomes moot (though expect to sacrifice all of her free time for three or four years). Yes, that probably limits her options to local schools which may not be as highly rated Yale, Harvard, or Stanford, but that may not matter if she "just wants to try a different career". If you're in a major city, that'd make things easy--for example DC has a plethora of options spread across the rankings, as does NYC.
As a sidenote, Jesus, are all of us in the IT field going to law school to see if a career change is a good idea? I've seen four IT people in this thread already.
Yeah, the suitability of local law schools is a big question mark, bbbuuuut... potential employers would understand her going part time while keeping your 6 figure job far more readily than her quitting an already lucrative career for law school. I think firms would be more forgiving of a lower ranked law school than they would be otherwise.
That being said, if you can get into like a HYSCCN, I'd take the risk full time. But that's where I'd draw the line, and maybe even at HYS.