Stay-at-home-mom to law job?

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Stay-at-home-mom to law job?

Postby hypatia7777 » Mon May 13, 2013 1:12 pm

I graduated from YLS several years ago and have never practiced law. When my first child was born, I just couldn't bear the thought of leaving my child during the day, and so when I graduated from law school, I didn't look for a job, and I've spend the last several years as primarily a stay-at-home-mom.

Now my kids are older, and I'm eager to start building a career for myself. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth my while to even try to get a legal job, after such a long gap in legal employment. Am I too late?

I'd love to hear from anyone with experience trying to break back in after taking time off. I'd also like to hear what paths you think might be more forgiving for a non-traditional attorney like me.



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Re: Stay-at-home-mom to law job?

Postby SFSpartan » Mon May 13, 2013 2:24 pm

FWIW, my mom navigated the lawyer/stay at home mom thing quite well. Her situation was a bit different because she had three years of biglaw before leaving to take care of me and my siblings, but she did successfully start her own firm. She took meetings/went to court during school hours, and drafted documents at night after we went to bed. She also passed the bar again when we moved to CA, and kept her own practice. She decided to leave the profession a few years ago, but ended up averaging ~$200k a year with the CA practice.

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