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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby hokie6260 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:22 pm

OLitch wrote:
hokie6260 wrote:Chiming in for an old guy....37 married with 2 kids...just got a surprise acceptance so I am super pumped..Has anyone ever had to have lived at school which is away from where your family is going to be living? That's the boat I am in now, but still excited about the opportunity.


This is the reason I delayed law school for 10 years.

Is the geo-baching temporary or the whole time you're in school?


Probably the whole time..But I'm only going to be 2 hours away so it's not that bad. I was going to go to a TT school that was 30 minutes away until I got this latest acceptance.

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby Capitol_Idea » Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:09 pm

OLitch wrote:
Capitol_Idea wrote:
OLitch wrote:Does anyone on here have kids?

I do. I must admit that I'm worried about my kids adjusting to our move on top of less mommy time. Parenting guilt is awesome!
Started law school without kids, ending school with 3 toddlers. It is difficult but becoming a dad during law school was better I think than waiting til after when I'd have no time.

Basically 1L is hell but after that it's pretty easy to find a balance if you have a good partner and support system.


3 toddlers!!! Triplets? Are you superhuman?
I'm inspired.
A. I'm the dad so my wife (DrRighteous on TLS) who is also a full time professional is the superstar and B. One two year old and two not-quite toddler twins (but will def be walking by graduation)

I get to be part-time law student and stay-at-home dad the rest of the time - it's pretty sweet.

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Postby PoopyPants » Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:18 pm

OLitch wrote:Does anyone on here have kids?

I do. I must admit that I'm worried about my kids adjusting to our move on top of less mommy time. Parenting guilt is awesome!


My daughters will be 2 and 3 when I start ls. But they are used to moving thanks to the military. We've moved 4 times in the last year and are set to move again in the spring. Going to law school and being in the same place for 3 years (not to mention having their daddy home every night) will be a welcome change. :)

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby OLitch » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:04 pm

Capitol_Idea wrote:
OLitch wrote:
Capitol_Idea wrote:
OLitch wrote:Does anyone on here have kids?

I do. I must admit that I'm worried about my kids adjusting to our move on top of less mommy time. Parenting guilt is awesome!
Started law school without kids, ending school with 3 toddlers. It is difficult but becoming a dad during law school was better I think than waiting til after when I'd have no time.

Basically 1L is hell but after that it's pretty easy to find a balance if you have a good partner and support system.


3 toddlers!!! Triplets? Are you superhuman?
I'm inspired.
A. I'm the dad so my wife (DrRighteous on TLS) who is also a full time professional is the superstar and B. One two year old and two not-quite toddler twins (but will def be walking by graduation)

I get to be part-time law student and stay-at-home dad the rest of the time - it's pretty sweet.


What LS?

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby Capitol_Idea » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:37 pm

OLitch wrote:
Capitol_Idea wrote:
OLitch wrote:
Capitol_Idea wrote:
OLitch wrote:Does anyone on here have kids?

I do. I must admit that I'm worried about my kids adjusting to our move on top of less mommy time. Parenting guilt is awesome!
Started law school without kids, ending school with 3 toddlers. It is difficult but becoming a dad during law school was better I think than waiting til after when I'd have no time.

Basically 1L is hell but after that it's pretty easy to find a balance if you have a good partner and support system.


3 toddlers!!! Triplets? Are you superhuman?
I'm inspired.
A. I'm the dad so my wife (DrRighteous on TLS) who is also a full time professional is the superstar and B. One two year old and two not-quite toddler twins (but will def be walking by graduation)

I get to be part-time law student and stay-at-home dad the rest of the time - it's pretty sweet.


What LS?

GULC PT - getting ready for my 8th and last semester.

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby Xnegd » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:38 am

I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

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Postby PoopyPants » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:56 am

Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.

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Postby Xnegd » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:07 am

PoopyPants wrote:
Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.


::forehead palm::

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby PoopyPants » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:49 pm

Xnegd wrote:
PoopyPants wrote:
Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.


::forehead palm::


S'okay. That post epitomized old school.

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby OLitch » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:53 pm

Xnegd wrote:
PoopyPants wrote:
Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.


::forehead palm::


I find myself looking at urban dictionary more than I care to admit.

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby PoopyPants » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:17 pm

OLitch wrote:
Xnegd wrote:
PoopyPants wrote:
Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.


::forehead palm::


I find myself looking at urban dictionary more than I care to admit.


If I see something I don't understand, I just ignore it lol. It happens at work a lot, since the guys under me are like 8-10 years younger than me.

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Re: OLD SCHOOL (must be 30 and over ITT)

Postby ihenry » Sun Dec 20, 2015 12:07 am

PoopyPants wrote:
OLitch wrote:
Xnegd wrote:
PoopyPants wrote:
Xnegd wrote:I'm 31, but what does "over ITT" mean?

30 and over in this thread.


::forehead palm::


I find myself looking at urban dictionary more than I care to admit.


If I see something I don't understand, I just ignore it lol. It happens at work a lot, since the guys under me are like 8-10 years younger than me.


// Pumping myself ten years up in age to post ITT

I am under the compulsion to figure out every acronym I don't know, and now I'm getting better at it.

// Done, back to normal

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Postby thetravelinglawyer » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:50 pm

I am struggling with whether to go to law school or have a kid now.. I know I could do both at the same time but I really don't want to. I am the type to devote myself fully to whatever I am focused on at that moment, and I know if I try to have a kid while in law school I will do badly at both or give up on school. I am 32 now, would be doing the 4-year joint JD/MBA program in the fall, so I would be graduating around age 36. I have already struggled with infertility so that could add more years on top. Having kids at 38+ is not ideal, but not the end of the world either (my sister just had her first at 41). Or I could skip law school and have kids now and potentially be around to see my grandkids longer. My husband is also six years older so that puts him being a dad in his mid-40s. Not sure he is going to love having a teenager at age 60. But does four years really make a difference? Am I stressing for nothing? Ugh. Would love any advice or thoughts from you all. Going to law school is a dream, it would be a no brainer if this stupid biological clock weren't ticking so loudly in my ear.

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Postby Capitol_Idea » Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:22 pm

thetravelinglawyer wrote:I am struggling with whether to go to law school or have a kid now.. I know I could do both at the same time but I really don't want to. I am the type to devote myself fully to whatever I am focused on at that moment, and I know if I try to have a kid while in law school I will do badly at both or give up on school. I am 32 now, would be doing the 4-year joint JD/MBA program in the fall, so I would be graduating around age 36. I have already struggled with infertility so that could add more years on top. Having kids at 38+ is not ideal, but not the end of the world either (my sister just had her first at 41). Or I could skip law school and have kids now and potentially be around to see my grandkids longer. My husband is also six years older so that puts him being a dad in his mid-40s. Not sure he is going to love having a teenager at age 60. But does four years really make a difference? Am I stressing for nothing? Ugh. Would love any advice or thoughts from you all. Going to law school is a dream, it would be a no brainer if this stupid biological clock weren't ticking so loudly in my ear.

1. There is no perfect time to have kids. Ever.

2. Having kids and taking maternity leave can hurt your career, and this is especially true in law. It sucks, it's unfair, but it is absolutely the case. Having kids BEFORE you start in a law job, however, could be less impactful.

3. Law school is a joke after the first year. If you've got a good support system and if hubby is helping out, then you can definitely balance kids and school. Just try not to have 'em immediately around finals (and maybe wait til after the first year to have them).

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Postby kalvano » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:10 am

thetravelinglawyer wrote:I am struggling with whether to go to law school or have a kid now.. I know I could do both at the same time but I really don't want to. I am the type to devote myself fully to whatever I am focused on at that moment, and I know if I try to have a kid while in law school I will do badly at both or give up on school. I am 32 now, would be doing the 4-year joint JD/MBA program in the fall, so I would be graduating around age 36. I have already struggled with infertility so that could add more years on top. Having kids at 38+ is not ideal, but not the end of the world either (my sister just had her first at 41). Or I could skip law school and have kids now and potentially be around to see my grandkids longer. My husband is also six years older so that puts him being a dad in his mid-40s. Not sure he is going to love having a teenager at age 60. But does four years really make a difference? Am I stressing for nothing? Ugh. Would love any advice or thoughts from you all. Going to law school is a dream, it would be a no brainer if this stupid biological clock weren't ticking so loudly in my ear.


I'll echo what the above poster said - there is no "perfect" time to have kids. You just simply adapt your life.

Being a dad in the mid-40's wouldn't be ideal. Your body just doesn't handle lack of sleep as well, and you just have less overall energy, which makes it hard to run around and do all the things kids want to do. My dad was 40 when I came around, and I know it was really tough on him.

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Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:14 am

I kind of assumed the poster above was a she...

If not, my dad was 48 when I was born and it didn't seem to cause him any problems.

I agree there's no perfect time, but if you don't believe you can do both at the same time, it's never going to get better. And honestly your time is more flexible in law school than it will be in practice. Especially if you're going to be in school for 4 years, which gives you an extra year of flexibility for child-having.

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Postby Shib26 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:09 pm

Hey all, just found this and wanted to check in. I'm 32, will be 33 when I start law school. Spent 5 years as an Army Officer, then didn't really know what to do when I got out so I spent 5 years doing project management type stuff in the oil & gas industry here in Houston, finally decided what I want to be when I grow up so here I am. Just anxiously awaiting the December LSAT scores so I have a better idea of where I stand.

Anyway, I know I'll be in the minority at law school as far as age goes but glad to see I'm not the only 30+ person around. Somehow it seems validating, like I'm not so crazy that I'm the only one who had this idea at this age.

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Postby PoopyPants » Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:35 pm

Shib26 wrote:Hey all, just found this and wanted to check in. I'm 32, will be 33 when I start law school. Spent 5 years as an Army Officer, then didn't really know what to do when I got out so I spent 5 years doing project management type stuff in the oil & gas industry here in Houston, finally decided what I want to be when I grow up so here I am. Just anxiously awaiting the December LSAT scores so I have a better idea of where I stand.

Anyway, I know I'll be in the minority at law school as far as age goes but glad to see I'm not the only 30+ person around. Somehow it seems validating, like I'm not so crazy that I'm the only one who had this idea at this age.


My dad didn't start law school until he was in his 40s. I'll be 33 when I start (after 6 years in the Navy). You're not the only one, and you probably won't be the oldest.

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Postby PoopyPants » Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:50 pm

thetravelinglawyer wrote:I am struggling with whether to go to law school or have a kid now.. I know I could do both at the same time but I really don't want to. I am the type to devote myself fully to whatever I am focused on at that moment, and I know if I try to have a kid while in law school I will do badly at both or give up on school. I am 32 now, would be doing the 4-year joint JD/MBA program in the fall, so I would be graduating around age 36. I have already struggled with infertility so that could add more years on top. Having kids at 38+ is not ideal, but not the end of the world either (my sister just had her first at 41). Or I could skip law school and have kids now and potentially be around to see my grandkids longer. My husband is also six years older so that puts him being a dad in his mid-40s. Not sure he is going to love having a teenager at age 60. But does four years really make a difference? Am I stressing for nothing? Ugh. Would love any advice or thoughts from you all. Going to law school is a dream, it would be a no brainer if this stupid biological clock weren't ticking so loudly in my ear.


As has been said, there is no perfect time to have kids. You will never be fully ready. Trust me. Even if you think you are, you're not.

That said, you can certainly try to time it. After 1L would probably be best. Keep in mind, however, that it can take healthy couples time to get pregnant. Almost 80% of couples take about 6 months to get pregnant, and most fertility specialists won't even talk to you if you haven't been trying for at least a full year. If you're on bc, it can also take a few months to ovulate again.

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Postby kcdc1 » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:17 pm

Had a kid during 2L. Coming up on her 1st birthday, I'd say it's been much easier to spend time with her than it would have been had I waited until starting work. And my grades haven't suffered much, if at all. Wife and baby have made a policy of visiting grandparents during exam period, which helps a lot. 10/10, would do again if I had more school left.

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Postby BVest » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:10 pm

kcdc1 wrote:Had a kid during 2L. Coming up on her 1st birthday, I'd say it's been much easier to spend time with her than it would have been had I waited until starting work. And my grades haven't suffered much, if at all. Wife and baby have made a policy of visiting grandparents during exam period, which helps a lot. 10/10, would do again if I had more school left.


This sounds like it was posted by me, except for gender.

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Postby anon sequitur » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:29 pm

Wife had baby one month after my 3L. Midway through 2L would have been so much better. Last half of law school is just not difficult or time intense. Chilling with a baby would have been much better use of my time.

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Postby thriller1122 » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:46 pm

Checking in... I'm 28, not 30, but I'm married, have two daughters (6 and 7) and have spent enough time enlisted to feel like I'm in my 40s... does that count? Anyways, I'm basically down to deciding between UF and BC. GI bill means tuition shouldn't be a problem (especially at Florida where I know for a fact I'd be going for free). However, I'm super worried about COL. Sure, my wife can work but she has been a stay at home mom for a while and just recently started workin (read: entry level salary while Im in school). I'd really love BC and it is clearly the better school but I do like Florida (the state) much more and it would be easier on the old pocket book. Idealy, I'm not financing anything for the next three years. What are you guys doing with regards to COL?

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Postby Capitol_Idea » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:59 pm

My wife's the breadwinner while I'm in school (I helped a bit when she was in grad school, and now she's helping a LOT now that it's my turn) - even with her very good salaries from multiple jobs and consulting AND having a good support network for childcare AND having me in school part-time so I could work and help raise the kids, we've had to budget intelligently to make it all work. Maybe COL is vastly different in FL as compared to DC where I am (obviously it is), but it is definitely a challenge.

Not having the tuition debt is nice, though - if your post-graduation career plans make it worth it, then going slightly into debt to cover living expenses might be OK.

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Postby thriller1122 » Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:15 pm

Capitol_Idea wrote:My wife's the breadwinner while I'm in school (I helped a bit when she was in grad school, and now she's helping a LOT now that it's my turn) - even with her very good salaries from multiple jobs and consulting AND having a good support network for childcare AND having me in school part-time so I could work and help raise the kids, we've had to budget intelligently to make it all work. Maybe COL is vastly different in FL as compared to DC where I am (obviously it is), but it is definitely a challenge.

Not having the tuition debt is nice, though - if your post-graduation career plans make it worth it, then going slightly into debt to cover living expenses might be OK.

That's kind of what I'm realizing. I'm north of dc right now and col is rough in this area. GI bill would give me 2100 a month in Boston or 1300 a month in Florida. I figure my wife would need to pull 40k with benefits to make Boston feasible without debt. Though the job prospects would certainly justify 40 grand in debt. Especially if other students are paying 40k a year just to be there




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