I am not one of those students who “always dreamed of going to law school…” quite the
opposite, in fact. I had roommates in college who were law students, and they helped me realize that law school/becoming an attorney was definitely not the path I wanted for my life.
My dream job has always been to be a full-time homemaker and mother. However, that career path involves a lot of uncontrollable variables, the most obvious being the financial support from a husband. Because I did not yet have that when I graduated from undergraduate school, I kept the dream job as a goal for the future and I entered the work force.
Eventually, I earned a job that was enjoyable with a company who was wonderful to work for. But, after a few years, I had maxed out my promotion potential and began to desire a more challenging career.
I don’t know why, but I kept feeling like I should take the LSAT. This was a very surprising
prompting, given my strong commitment to avoid law school at all costs. However, after a few months of deliberation, I decided that there was no harm in taking the exam—just to see if I was even capable of getting a competitive score. So, I took the exam that month.
Then I thought, ‘Well, I’ve gone through all the trouble of taking the exam. I might as well
just apply to a few schools and find out if I would be admitted.” So I applied. Because I took a late offering of the LSAT, I applied before I even knew what my score was. And then I sort of forgot about it.
A couple months later, when I received a phone call from a dean of admissions announcing my acceptance to law school and award of a scholarship, the option of trying my hand at law school became more appealing. At that point, I thought, “Okay, I guess I’ll try it for one semester and drop out if it’s not for me.”
I’m now in my final semester of law school, and I haven’t dropped out yet! I have loved every second of law school (yes, even first year!) and thank the Lord everyday for guiding me to the path I’m on now.
Although I still haven’t given up on my marriage and homemaking dreams, I have broadened my perspective and realized the added value that my legal career brings to my life. My newfound professional goals helped me find a new sense of purpose and I found a new support system in the legal community at just the time in my life when I needed all the support I could get.
I truly found my life’s calling while in law school, and now I can’t imagine any other path for me.
(One of the goals of this bog is to address seven different focus groups: full time practice; part time practice; on hiatus; practicing with children at home; students; using your law degree in your community and family; and, singles. If you have any suggestions about topics you would like to see addressed in these areas, please let us know through the Comment section below.)