Best law schools for older students

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Re: Best law schools for older students

Postby staplegunsarefun » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:59 pm

Apparently the Princeton Review (Best 174 Law Schools) publishes a list of schools that are "most welcoming of older students"

Based on the average age of entry of law school students and student reports of how many years they spent out of college before enrolling in law school.

2. Hawaii
3. Lewis & Clark
4. San Francisco
5. Arizona

I pulled this off a random internet blog ( ... _rankings/), so I don't vouch for its content....


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Re: Best law schools for older students

Postby jrs12 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:16 pm

As everyone has already said, you’re going to be anomalous wherever you go. Nevertheless, I think you’ll see that there’s a big difference between interacting with 24-year-olds and 22-year-olds. The real social problem is more likely to be how the other students react to you, since you sound like the kind of person who could be comfortable anywhere. The problem with a lot of people right out of college is that they are still accustomed to seeing older adults as authority figures. I know that it took me a little while to get used to socializing with older people, because I had some preconceptions to overcome.

In graduate school, I had friends who were 10 year older than me, who were married, or who had been to war. Socializing with them was different than hanging out with the soccer team in college, but eventually it proved more rewarding. The diversity of perspectives was fascinating, and I appreciated it. I also realized that I was mistaken in my assumption that age leads to prudishness; although, I should never have been concerned with that, because I’m far from a libertine. After grad school, I started socializing with people even older. I’m 25, but some of my best friends are in their 30s and 40s.

My point is that, while you would still consider me to be fairly young, the 4 years between undergrad and law school have totally changed my attitude toward people from different generations. A place like Northwestern might be ideal. Although the student body will be much younger than you, their short years of work experience will have given them a mature perspective on socializing with people 10 and 20 years older than they are.


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Re: Best law schools for older students

Postby texaslawyer » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:32 pm

JRS12 you do change from freshman year to senior year. I wasn't mature enough for law school after UG but I am now. One would hope that they mature from age 18 until 223-23 whatever. I have seen some students hit the ground running and do very well right after UG. I think motivation is the key.

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