Hi lawyer mamas! I'm new to the tribe as well.
I just finished 1L (whew)! I also found out right before finals that I'm pregnant (6 wks now). I'm planning on going back for the fall, even though I'll be 8-8 1/2 months pregnant during finals then - let's hope I don't have an early arrival! I'm planning on taking spring semester off, but after that I don't know what
I'm going to do. I'm worried about not working next summer, career-wise, but I really doubt that I'll want to leave my baby for a part-time, no/low-pay internship, you know? And of course, I'm worried that I'll never make it back to school! DH is predicting I quit altogether to SAHM, which he doesn't mind, but I don't want to completely quit after finishing half the degree! I'm also not going to want to SAHM forever. I do want a career, or at least the possibility of one!
I also don't even know if I want to be
a lawyer, although I'm trying to remind myself that it's impossible for me to know since being a 1L does not equal being a lawyer. All I know is that I want to be home as much as possible.
Originally Posted by changingseasons
Anyone have some words of wisdom for a first-year?
Also- thinking ahead to the distant future... I would love to have another baby some day, but not sure how it will fit in career wise. Do you think it would be harder to have a baby during law school, or in the first couple years of a career?? Neither seem like great options, but I'm already in my 30's and don't want to wait too long before getting pregnant again.
Hi changingseasons... Personally, I think it's easier to have a baby in law school, if your school allows you to take leaves of absence - you may get 6-8 (or 12 if you're lucky) weeks of maternity leave at a job, but in law school, you can take an entire semester (or two) off with no worries, no planning for a replacement, no disgruntled boss or co-workers. And, when you go back, it'll just be for a few hours a night, not 40-60 a week. Also, a new employer may not be so thrilled with hiring you only to see you take leave after a few months or a year. And if you're worried about waiting too long to get pg again, you should do it now - it'll be 3-4 years before you finish your degree, and then at least another 1 before you'll feel okay about taking leave. I say, go for it if you want another baby now!
Here are my words of wisdom for 1L:
* Don't wait until right before finals to study! I do that and it's miserable.
: * Make friends! * Try to join at least one or two student groups so you can be involved outside of classes. See if there's a group for older (i.e. not fresh from undergrad) students, or a group for parent students. * Get as many notes & outlines from upper-class students as possible (another benefit of the student groups). * Don't waste your money on study guides unless you really need them, and then only buy one. Better yet, use the ones on reserve in the library. * Contracts, Civ Pro and Property are hard and not intuitive - give them more time than Torts and Crim, which are at least a little more familiar. * Read a non-law book every now and then - even if it's 10 pages at a time before you fall asleep. Then you won't dream about law school, which sucks!