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Mid-life Crisis or Exciting Opportunity

(There are a lot of "I"s in this post and I make no apology. hehe)

I've had a nagging itch to finish my bachelor's degree and study law. Let me set the scene:
44 year old father of four babies/adolescents, husband, somewhat successful ministry and budding independent insurance business on the side. And I want to reinvent myself and study law. Honestly, I don't even know what I would do with it. I know I wouldn't dedicate my whole life to it. I know it's expensive without grants or scholarships. I know it's all-consuming for three years and I still don't even have my Bachelor's degree.

AND STILL, I keep asking myself if it can be done and imagining the doors and opportunities it would open. It's not a passing thing. This has gone on for months. I even visited the University of Central Oklahoma where I studied the bulk of my Associate's degree to see what the "counselors" there could tell me.
I'm going to be in Norman tomorrow and I'd like to go early enough to visit OU and sit down with someone in the law department and see if they have any advice. There's a small connection with a local district court judge and I've contemplated asking for a few minutes of his time, as well.

In a way, I think I'm checking in here to see you guys have any advice, too.

If you were in my situation at my age, would you go for it?

posted on Sept 10, 2018 7:13 PM ()


You can get your degree faster in Edmond, they have a lot of night classes. O.U. or OCU for law school. It won't matter much where you do your undergraduate work. Design a supremely practical program. Be sure Jennifer is on board because you will have to study a lot.
comment by elderjane on Sept 12, 2018 10:18 AM ()
No advise from here. Just best of luck in whatever you choose.
comment by nittineedles on Sept 11, 2018 9:26 PM ()
Jeremy, by all means go for it. We need lawyers that are ethical. The law has always fascinated me. It will be tough at first but many lawyers do not go to school until they are mature. Did I tell you t hat my 3rd husband was a lawyer? He went to OCU at night and got his law degree to help with his business which was extremely successful. Just do it!!!
comment by elderjane on Sept 11, 2018 1:57 PM ()
You might not end up with the job title 'lawyer' or working for a big law firm pulling in the big lawyer bucks, but the way our society works, passing the bar in your state would most likely give you credibility in certain situations.

Your life experience will help you in your courses because you'll have seen real-life situations that apply to what you're supposed to be learning - puts it into a context that younger students haven't gotten to yet.

comment by traveltales on Sept 11, 2018 1:04 PM ()
I doubt if anyone here would say don't try to reach higher realms in education. That's a wonderful thing just by itself. Because of the impact on your family, it seems important to try to picture different ways how you'd be using a law degree -- why it appeals so strongly to you. I remember a guy in dental school who financed part of his tuition by writing to corporations asking for sponsorship, and it seemed he got a lot of responses. GL
comment by drmaus on Sept 11, 2018 9:44 AM ()
If you have the time and the money to do it, go for it.
comment by kristilyn3 on Sept 11, 2018 4:42 AM ()
Go for it--don't wind up with 'what if....", "I should have done this!", etc. Time is going to go by--you can either accomplish what you want whether it leads somewhere or not or a few years from now say, "Why didn't I do that back then?".
I'm 82 and I think I have done many things I wanted to do--they all didn't work out but at my--way past midlife anything--I am happy with who I am today.
comment by greatmartin on Sept 10, 2018 7:41 PM ()

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