Is Law School Right For You? Getting A Law Degree Later In Life
This week’s podcast discusses attending law school later in life. Our guests are Deborah Schneider, author of Should You Really Be A Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During and After Law School; Ruth Carter, a current 3L at Arizona State University College of Law; and Mark Anderson, a current 1L at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Deborah Schneider, author of Should You Really Be A Lawyer?, suggests that students who are thinking about attending law school late in life should go through four steps to determine if law school is the best step for them: Investigate law school, conduct a self assessment, find out what attorneys actually do, and have real world exposure to the legal practice. Schneider also recommends that students look at law school realistically and with a clear mind. She stresses that, no matter a law school applicant’s age, they should all thoroughly think about their decision before committing to attending.
Ruth Carter, a former therapist and counselor and current 3L at Arizona State University College of Law, believes that students should wait until they are older to attend law school because they can then complement what they learn in law school with their own real-world experiences. She believes one of the top advantages of being an older law school student is the ability to dismiss the normal law school “drama,” and recommends that student focus on learning and networking while in law school, which will provide them added benefits post-graduation.
Our final guest is Mark Anderson, a 37-year-old law student currently attending William Mitchell College of Law. He believes the key advantage of being an older law school student is the life experience his age allows him to bring into the classroom, particularly because he is able to relate his personal experiences with whatever cases his class is examining.