Hi, all, first time poster.
I have a keen interest in employment law, civil rights law, and other government law. Ideally, I'd like to get a law degree and work for the government, although I wouldn't be upset if I had to work for a private firm.
I'm not afraid of hard work, but I don't want to work nights and weekends consistently. I'm pretty sure you are required to do that at Big Law, and maybe other places as well. But I really don't know, and it seems impossible to talk to anyone who knows.
I've also heard that becoming a lawyer right now is a thankless task as the industry is swamped and positions are hard to find. Unless I can make enough money to support myself, my wife, and our cat in a large east coast city, I don't know that I want to proceed. Of course, it would take me three to four years from now, and the situation could be very different then, who knows?
A difficulty might be that I am currently 41 years old. I am not certain if that would be a plus (more life experience) or a minus (go away old man). I do have a Masters Degree in History and a decent work history, although not law-related, it shows that I regularly speak in public and do very technical research. I also have a GPA of 3.71 if you count only undergrad courses. If you count graduate courses, it goes up from there since I got straight A's.
I can get a loan for at least a third (or all of it, depending on where I am admitted) of my legal education from my father, and probably another third or so from my in-laws.
This is premature: I have not taken the LSAT yet and I might do poorly. Additionally, I might not be able to get into a top-tier law school regardless. Many apply and few are chosen. I realize this.
So my question to the board is: should I pursue this, or is it a fool's errand?
I am not sure this is the correct part of the forum to post this: if I have erred, please feel free to move this thread.
Thanks, I await your feedback, however positive or negative.