blackmamba76 wrote:Hi all, just came across this thread and I definitely feel at home here. I just turned 35 this month, married with 2 kids, and got 2 more on the way in a couple of months. Hoping to get into LS this fall, but looking more like it would be fall 2012, which means I would be 36 when I do start LS. Probably would moving out of state and wife is definitely on board with that.
Congratulations on your decision to attend -- and having a wife on board with your decision. That's not always the easiest decision for a family to make.
Since you mentioned moving out of state, I thought I'd bring up a point I did not really consider when I was applying to law school. This may or may not apply to you, blackmamba, but I thought it might be something for others in this thread to consider as they choose where to attend.
If you are planning to go the firm route and you are looking in a market outside of the one where your school is located, you are going to have a bit of an uphill battle overcoming employers' preconception that you actually will want to move to the new market. They will be looking for people that are committed to the market for which they are hiring.
Any hesitancy they have on this front will be compounded by other factors: several moves in your past, numerous different types of jobs, lots of leadership experience (you'll be a junior associate who may report to someone 5+ years younger than you), different advanced degrees that may not mesh in an obvious way with law. The more you have of any of these, the more pause an employer will have before extending an offer. That said, there is nothing to say that some employers will see right past all of that if you have a particular skill set they are interested in or you happen to hit it off very well with the interviewers.
All this to say, think seriously about whether there is a good option in the market where you are or where you want to end up. Employers look for reasons to weed people out. An interviewee's geographical background is a major factor they consider. Just something to keep in mind as you consider schools out of state.
Best of luck with your decision, now or later!