Ever since I was young, I always wanted to be a lawyer. The first time I learned about lawyers, was when I was around 7 and I had spoke to my grandmother in Trinidad (my first conversation with her). She told me that I was going to be either a doctor or a lawyer. I knew that I did not want to be a doctor; so I asked my mother what is a lawyer. She told me that they argue and defend clients in court. I loved to argue, so I decided that I would be a lawyer…just that simple. Throughout my school years, I did papers based on the justice system, especially why we should not have capital punishment in our country. I figured that I would become a criminal prosecutor; just like Jack McCoy from Law and Order.
I eventually abandoned my dream of lawyerhood when I dated my first boyfriend. He told me that lawyers lie and that I was going to be a liar. So because I was young and dumb, and thought I would spend the rest of my life with him, I believed him. (I was 12 at the time). When I went to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to be; so I bounced around different majors and eventually graduated with a BS in Management. So it wasn’t until my first summer after graduation, working at McDonald’s that I felt empty and stuck.
Having a conversation with a former colleague, about our goals, post Micky D’s. He asked me what did I always wanted to be; I said a lawyer, so he said go be one. At the time, I didn’t want to go back go school, so I figured, why not be a paralegal (I may not be the star but I can be the support behind it). Got my certificate and got a job at a firm in Philadelphia. At the time, I was a newly wed with my newborn, Kevin (born 2 months early). I loved the job and with the support of my attorney employer, studied for the LSAT with the intention of going to law school.
Unfortunately, life had gotten to me. I worked at the firm for about 1 year and 9 months, until I was terminated on May 27, 2013; at the time I was 3 months pregnant with my 2nd son, Sebastian and was unable to look for work until the following year. Never got fired or was asked to leave a job, the event really rocked my world (in a bad way). During my unemployment, I got my Real Estate license and decided to go into real estate. I figured that I’ll revisit law school when I have some money to do it debt free.
So it’s been about a year since my termination, and after many prayers and dealing with postpartum from my 2nd son, I got the burning desire to go to law school. I asked God, “what is it that you want me to do?!” And I heard in my spirit, “Go to Law School.” And since then, I am confronted with the discussion of law school, lawyer, or a legal subject. It was crazy because I really did not want to go nor did I see if I had the time. I had just gotten my real estate license, invested the time, energy, and money into my new business. However, I feel as if God really wanted me to go to law school, and he was pushing me into that direction. So I am going to leap out on faith and press on. If God really wants me to do this…He Will Provide.
The purpose of this post is for anyone who is thinking of law school after family. I felt that I missed the traditional timeline of going straight through and waited until I was after school to start my family. That is not the case. There are not too many blogs with women who have families go into law school. Don’t get it twisted, its been done and will always be done. It is possible to go to law school with families. I know the road would not be easy but I am going to do it. I started this blog for myself and to document my journey. I am still working out the kinks of my daily schedule. I am building a business as well as building the foundation for my family. Although I am busy with my family, I will never let my dream die!