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Background: I've got a BA (English Lit) and JD. I got the JD thinking I could teach after a few years of working, but that's not the case. I've been doing to corporate thing (using my degree) for 6 years. Now I'm going to aim high and try for a PhD - in a different field, but something I discovered late in the game that I like and has a huge deficit in professors.<br><br>
So, the plan: I'm starting to take classes this summer to make up for the classes I didn't take as an undergrad. I've registered for school and my company is reimbursing me (YAY!). I'm planning on 2 classes a semester (including summers) online though an in-state university. I have an unofficial advisor (letter of reference eventually I hope!). He teaches much of the program and suggested the classes I should take. Since I'm not trying to get a degree, I'm pretty flexible.<br><br>
The question: I was originally figuring on taking 2 classes a semester through spring of 2012, hoping to start a PhD full time in fall of 2012. That means I'd be doing the application process and all it entails fall of 2011. I'm wondering if that's too short a time-line. I'd like to hear some pros and cons of finishing the classes and then applying for fall of 2013.<br><br>
Is the application process and GMAT and all that time-consuming enough to wait until I finish my classes?<br><br>
I'll need some sort of writing sample--I'd be two semesters away from where I intend to be by the time I'd need one. But all of my classes would be super focused...I suppose I can make sure to schedule a research class or something with a large writing requirement before then if everything else is caught up. I'd just hate to be the dork who submitted a paper from an entry level class. That's one of my biggest concerns.<br><br>
I'm 34 now. I'd be 36 or 37 starting out with a 5 or 6 year old. But from here, that doesn't really feel like it matters any more. Single. STBX doesn't mind if I move - which I will have to do. I suppose a pro of delaying a year would mean another year of decent income, but I don't want to put it off forever.<br><br>
I'm open to not being ready, but don't want to close that door either. I'd really love to hear some input from people that have been there.<br><br>
Seriously...any and all opinions welcome! I need some more viewpoints on this to think about!! Thanks!!
 

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wow - sounds like lots of decisions can be made. I'd say - go with the flow a little and see if you're ready by the 2011 - you can often defer a year if you need to. No advice on anything else though - I'm in a hard science program, it works in a very different way...
 

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Thanks for taking time to respond. I'm definitely not doing things the typical way...esp going from relatively fluffy undergrad to law school to a business field. But I'm hoping my years in the business world will help out. And I had a semester of grad school before I got this job where I took some related course work and really excelled at it. So...there are a lot of ifs still...but I am pretty confident I can pull it off. Worst case, I learn some skills relevant to my current job, and company pays for it.<br><br>
When I look at the whole picture, it's a bit overwhelming, but one step at a time...I can do it. And the nice thing about law school---it taught me how to study! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh! I was looking at my top 4 schools last night, and only 1 of them wants a writing sample!! So that might help out a lot with some of these worries!
 
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