The Most Common Question
About a week or so back I had the opportunity to meet with several prospective law students. It had been a while since my schedule allowed me to participate in showing off UDM and talking to people about some of the great things it has to offer, but I was quickly reminded of one particular question that never fails to come up.
Each time that I have been able to meet prospective students I have always been asked: "Is it hard to do law school and work?" I am asked that question because anyone that is considering attending law school while working should ask that question to gain some perspective, but the answer is easy.
The answer is "no."
I say that the answer is "no" because I don't think that it is hard to "do" law school and work. This does not mean that I think law school is a cake walk. If you just want to "do" law school you can probably work and still have your weekends. Heck, you might even be able to come to class without reading a case or two if you are the rebellious type. However, think about it - do you just want to "do" law school or is the question really whether it is hard to work and immerse yourself in your education to get the most that you possibly can out of the entire law school experience?
If that is really the question, then the best advice I can give is that to obtain the results that you hope, you must both want and work hard for those results. And no, it is not easy. In fact, if you want your resume to have some of the same line items as other students who might not be working, you have to almost become a scheduling genius, but at UDM it is possible.
The line items may or may not include leadership positions, law review, and/or moot court. If you want to be involved there are numerous student organizations that are always seeking student leaders and they are a great way to get involved and build relationships with students whom you may otherwise fail to meet if you are only at school at night. If you want to be on law review as a working student, you can (if you meet the requirements) because a majority of the work is done independently. If you want to be on moot court, you can (again, if you meet the requirements) because UDM offers the required writing course at night and much of the internal tournament work is done independently.
For me, the option to be able to make my time in law school every bit as valuable as anyone else's was a huge consideration. It wasn't about whether it was going to be hard. It was about making sure that it would be less difficult to push my resume aside when it is placed next to a traditional law student's. Thus far, there have been very few instances at UDM that have been unavailable to me as a working student and I find that to be a unique feature of UDM.