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Paula's LSAT Diary:
Going to law school is something that has been on my mind for the last 25 years or so. At one point, I actually applied and was accepted, but other life circumstances (having a child) intervened, and it became a dream deferred. I was raised in Louisiana, and then moved to Texas when I was pursuing a graduate degree in piano performance.
Twenty-two years later, I moved to New York City in order to become a public school teacher of special needs children. Along the way, I also picked up a fair amount of business knowledge as I ran my own lessons business, and got an MBA with the idea of making a career shift. If I could wave a magic wand, I'd love to bring all of my abilities as an educator and financial planner together in order to advocate for families of special needs children, and then help them manage the funds they are awarded to provide the most solid, stable future for their children.
I took the LSAT in February, and the score was marginal. Maybe I can get in, but maybe not. More importantly, I've got to get a better score in order to make this whole process cost-effective. I study for the LSAT during my lunch period as well as after I finish teaching and doing lesson prep for the next day.
I'll continue to teach full time in a public secondary school in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) while going to law school at night, so I'm looking at 4 years of tuition. Yeesh. Nonetheless, it is now or never. There is some reason -- some special calling -- to law. Otherwise I wouldn't still, all these many years later, lie awake at night thinking, "Gee I wish I would have gone to law school!"
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