albpert wrote:At what CoA should I consider going back to school a viable option?
Context: Deposited at HYS. I have around $75k saved up that won't count against my financial aid calculation and don't have rich parents so I should get some need based aid based on the financial aid handbook's formula. Longterm goals are academia and/or mediation/arbitration. Short term goals, other than avoiding debt, are anything that gets me closer my longterm ones (litigation, VAPs, etc). BigLaw scares the shit out of me based on what people post here, but a couple year stint seems doable.
I currently have a pretty low stress job that pays ~$75k/yr. Back when I applied I thought for sure law school was the right move. Now after working a few years I have no clue given that law school performance is impossible to predict, I don't need dat $160k to be happy, and I already make more than most PI jobs pay.
Doesn't sound like you have much of any reason to go to law school.
Depends on the growth potential in the job. 75k a year with low stress is awesome when you're in your early twenties, but if he's topped out then it's going to feel like less and less as he gets older. But yeah, OP, if your current job has growth potential and you don't hate it, I'd think long and hard about law school, even HYS.