Voodoo94 wrote:I see a long-term financial disaster in the making. Let's see: You were born in 1973 which makes you 38, correct? You will be 39 starting law school and 42 when you graduate - nearly 20 years older than your classmates.
In this job and debt environment, I have to ask what the heck you are thinking?
In most cases, legal employers won't give a hill of beans about what you've been doing in the 20 years since undergrad. 2-6 years of meaninful work experience can be an asset, but 15-20 is just a liability.
You are 38 for God's sake! Why are you taking on $200K in student debt at this age? Look at the delta between your current income and your projected earnings as an attorney (minus student loan debt service). In most cases, it just won't be worth it.
Don't listen to the naysayers. I started law school at about your age (+/- 2 yrs) and have a biglaw (V25-50)/public interest split summer lined up for next summer (I am a 2L). My age has not hurt me at all, and in some ways it is an advantage if you ask me.
FWIW though, I took a scholarship over a higher ranked school at sticker, and am very happy with that choice. But it is also heartening to know that I probably would have been just fine had I taken on the extra debt.
DC and NYC would both have a large number of non-profits, as would SF/SV and Chicago. Outside the T14, LA and Austin would be good places to look as well. As has already been mentioned, most big cities will have a fair number of non-profits. What I can't address is how strong or weak the hiring market is for non-profits in these cities. Good luck with law school and show the naysayers a thing or two.