Later-in-Life Lawyers: Tips for the Non-Traditional Law Student


Law school is a scary place for any new student. For an older (“nontraditional”) student, it can be intimidating as well as being ill-designed for the needs of an older, second-career student with children and a mortgage.
In its second edition, this book compiles unique advice from the author and dozens of current and former law students, on such matters as dealing with families and children, the LSAT and GPAs for the older student, the law school application process and law ...
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Later-in-Life Lawyers: Tips for the Non-Traditional Law Student (Second Edition)

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Law school is a scary place for any new student. For an older (“nontraditional”) student, it can be intimidating as well as being ill-designed for the needs of an older, second-career student with children and a mortgage.
In its second edition, this book compiles unique advice from the author and dozens of current and former law students, on such matters as dealing with families and children, the LSAT and GPAs for the older student, the law school application process and law school rankings for non-traditional students, paying for law school, surviving first year and non-academic hurdles, and the occasional skeleton in the non-traditional closet.
The second edition adds a 50-page discussion on the current financial crisis, student loans, and surviving the dismal job market for law graduates. Its price is unchanged, at US$18.95.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888960167
  • Publisher: Fine Print Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 990,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

So Why Law? Why Now?

Picking a career in law for the money 4

Will I be smart enough for law school? 7

I've read One L by Turow. Realistic? 9

Am I Too Old? 10

How expensive is law school? 14

What undergraduate degree do I need for law school? 16

I have a few skeletons in the closet. Is it worth reading any further? 18

Law school with children. Even an option? 20

Isn't Law a "Do Anything" Degree? 23

Lawyers Are Always Miserable and Telling Me not to Bother. Should I Listen? 24

You know you're a nontrad when... 26

Getting In

Introduction' 27

It's All About The Numbers 27

The LSAT 28

Studying for the LSAT 30

Test Day and During The Test 36

After The Test 38

Your GPA 43

But I Went to College Years Ago 44

What About My Graduate Degree? 46

I Studied a Difficult Major. Will This Help? 47

What If I [or, ahem. Mom & Dad] Spent Six Figures on a "Top" Private Undergrad Education? 49

The Rest of the Application 50

The Personal Statement 51

The Addendum 54

Letters of Recommendation 55

Your Résumé 60

Applying 62

So How Much Will It Cost to Even Apply? 64

Where to Apply? 65

Visiting Schools 66

Does The Type Of Law You Want To Practice Affect Which Schools You Should Apply To? 70

So You're Saying It Doesn't Matter What School I Go To? 71

All About Rankings 73

So Rankings Are Not Important? 76

So They Are Important? 77

Is There Actually a Difference between High and Low Ranked Schools? 80

Attend the Highest-Ranked Law School You Get Into? 82

Picking Money Over Ranking? 84

Now I Understand the Rankings. How Do I Use Them for Choice of Where to Apply? (Or, the Basics about Reaches, Targets, and Safeties.) 85

How Many Schools to Apply To? 87

Other Considerations: Attending Full-Time or Part-Time 88

Money 91

Where Can You Realistically Apply To? 93

Where To Go for Help during the Admissions Process 95

The Mechanics: When to Apply 98

Paper or Online Applications? 99

But Regardless, it's Still All About The Numbers. Right? 99

So Is There Anything Else I Can Do to Get In? 101

So You've Sent in The Applications. Now What? 102

More Than One Offer? What Should I Do? 106

Rejection 110

Waitlists 112

I Didn't Get In Anywhere. What Do I Do? 116

Staying Motivated 119

What Would You Do Differently If You Could Go Back In Time? 119

One Final Thing: Where-Do I Get The Money To Pay For This? 120

Everyone Else Seems to Have a Scholarship. Does That Mean I'm Stupid or Being Ripped Off? 122

Final Words Before.Starting 126

Staying in 127

So Will Law School Be What I Expect It To Be? 129

Nervous? 131

Is There Anything I Can Do To Prepare For Law School Before It Starts? 133

Career preparation 139

Other Things That You Might Want To Consider Doing Before Law School 140

First Year

The Non-Academics of Law School: Housing 143

Health Insurance 144

Bags 145

Laptops 148

What to Wear? 152

Social Events 153

1L: an Overview 153

Administration: Scheduling Classes and Swapping Sections 155

Buying Casebooks 156

Class: Socratic Issues 157

The Professors 160

Participation in Class 162

Attendance 165

Jekyll and Hyde: Professors Outside Class 166

Notes 168

Workload 172

Briefing 174

Outlining 178

Study Groups 185

Study Aids 189

Where to Study 195

Working during 1L 195

Managing the Confusion 197

Working Smart, not Hard 199

Exams: The Basics 206

Exam Failure 213

Are Grades Really Random? 216

So Why Do Grades Take So Long to Arrive? 218

Bad Grades 220

Handling the Stress 221

Don't Be This Person 228

So You've Made It through 1L Successfully. What Would You Do Differently? 230

Other Important Duties During 1L (Apart from Studying) 232

Talking of Getting Signed up for Stuff, What about Bar Review Courses? 235

Mid-1 L Break (a/k/a Christmas) Should I Do Anything? 237

2LAnd Beyond

What Courses? 239

3L 240

Law Review 243

Didn't Make Law Review? Don't Despair 250

Moot Court 252

No Moot Court Either? Try an Externship or a Clinic 253

The Job Search: Get ready 255

A Few Thoughts About the Job Search 256

On-Campus Interviews 260

The Economy is Bad. Are There Really Jobs? 263

General Considerations

Dating 267

Thinking About Quitting 268

Transferring 273

That's Law School in a Nutshell 280

Haven't We Forgotten Something? 280

Epilogue 283

Debt 285

The Job Market 300

we Were Wrong: On Preparing for Law School 317

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Perfect for Non-Trad Pre-Law and 1Ls

    I wish I would have had this book about a year ago when I became serious about law school and studying for the LSAT. It gives you a great overview and realistic look at the LSAT, getting into law school, the 1L year and the rest of the trip.

    I was able to skim the first part because I had already passed the LSAT, gotten into law school and been through my first mini-semester over the summer. However, it answered all the questions and filled in a lot of blanks that I had when I started thinking about law school such as how to put the LSAT into prospective, how to choose your school and what to do when you do/don't get in. Plus it gives a nice overview of all the issues you, as a non-trad student have to consider like work, what bag to use, health insurance, balancing like and school (and trust me you need to find this balance and it is possible)brief, how the classes run, etc.

    I definitely recommend this book for any non-trad student anywhere between pre-law and their 1L year. I wish I would have known about a year ago. It would have helped me skip a lot of aimless wandering around I did trying to figure out what the heck I was doing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    It's All About Perspective

    Going back to law school at the age of 35 can be daunting, more so if all of the law school advice books out there are geared for the average 22 year old. Fortunately, I found this book just at the point where I was starting to feel isolated as a later-in-life law student. This book is literally brimming with sensible advice from non-trads like me, from how to study for the LSAT to how to get accepted at the school of your choice, to how to hold down a job, maneuver through study groups, and balance your family life without losing your mind. From people who have been there, its nice to know I'm not alone and am in good company. The section that hit home the most for me is on 'Handling the Stress.' According to Cooper 'as well as other non-trads I've come across in class', 'it all boils down to maintaining balance and perspective 'a.k.a.: time management.'. 1L is important, but not more important than your health, your family, and your general well-being. Keep it in perspective - it's just law school.' Definitely food for thought when you start to feel overwhelmed in the face of balancing your family life, a job, and law school all at the same time.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    A seemingly great resource full of great thoughts/suggestions

    I am 36 and plan to apply to law-school so I got this book. It seems to be a great resource for anyone that is pre-law. Not just for us non-trads. It gives, what seems to be great insight to the process of getting into law school and turned out to be quite encouraging. It is a quick, easy book to read. I believe it is a must have for anybody thinking about law school, non-traditional and traditional alike. Good luck with your law pursuits.

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    Posted February 23, 2012

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