jpal13 wrote:Thanks, I'm thinking something small, like 10-20 hrs first semester and get a good feel from that point on. At 31 I just can't stomach not working at all. I don't have kids yet so that helps. Although my partner and I are talking about having one 3L.
I can't believe I am saying this - but I would suggest not working first semester unless you absolutely have to. I carried on arguments last year with people on here about working 1L year. I still think I could have pulled it off, but it would have been very taxing. I end up not working (got laid off in the summer) and just did the 5-hour pro bono thing and spent more time with my kids. Worked out great, but I can't say I had any time to spare. I mean I could have slacked a bit or took shortcuts, but then I would be slighting myself at school. I got to do everything I wanted to do when it comes to my studying, no sacrifices.
Did you find these positions with the help of the school or other students?
Penn offers a slew of pro bono opportunities to 1Ls. I applied for the adjunct position on my own. Unfortunately there are not a lot of part-time jobs that could fit a law student schedule (we were 9-4:15 M-Th). We have electives in the spring so my schedule is more flexible and lighter. It really depends on your skill set and what you want to do for work.
I have found myself very self-conscious about going back to school. I feel like I'm in high school and all the kids are going to exclude me when they go out because I don't fit in. It's ridiculous I know. And I also have my own life and relationship but I want some good law school chums as well.
Not to make you feel any more self-conscious, but it is true to an extent. I don't necessarily feel excluded - because I didn't really try to be included. But no one invites me to all the house parties. I am ok with that though, I would have to turn them down anyway
I think though, this has more to do with being in a relationship than my age. I have a family, and as soon as I leave school I want to go home to my family. It precludes a lot of social activities. And if you don't spend a lot of time with your peers outside of classroom, you will not be in their circle. But on the other hand, you will have a lot more time to study when you are in school. Nothing impedes studying more than chatting with friends.