Submitted by ceh13
I entered law school as the mom of a toddler. There were two suppositions that I had before I started. I am, like most entering 1L's, an over-achiever that is motivated by achievement (good grades, etc.). But because I am also a mom, I told myself that I didn't need to make top grades, obtain a 1L Big Law summer associate position, etc. Instead, I just needed to pass and graduate with a degree in hand. After all, I was balancing a family life and school. I knew that I was going to have to accept less than my best in order to make everything work.
The day before starting law school, my husband looked at me and said, "well, school will be easier than a full-time job; it will be easier to juggle everything". I agreed.
I was wrong on both fronts. First, I was able to succeed in my first semester at law school. Second, in order to do that, you must treat law school like a full-time job (a demanding one, at that).