By Karen Hummel • March 09, 2015•Ms. JD, Ms. JD Weekly Roundup, Law School, Other Law School Issues, Issues, Balancing Private and Professional Life
My first and only post to Ms. JD was years ago, while I was still in law school. (Previous post here: http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/family-vs-law-school)
It's six years later - I finished law school, passed the bar exam, and began working as an attorney. Nine months ago, I left the law firm where I was an associate and opened my own practice. It has not always been easy, but my husband and I got through it together and we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this fall.
I painted a pretty negative picture of my husband, which isn't fair. Yes, he had moments where he drove me crazy and I felt like he was being unreasonable, but I've had unreasonable moments myself. My point is that law school is very difficult with a family, but it's possible to emerge on the other side intact. I appreciate him even more now than I did then.
For me, working as an attorney is easier than it was to work full time, go to law school part time, and balance family. I sometimes work long hours or bring work home with me, but my schedule is not as packed as it was during those four years of school.
I've gotten very good at being able to see things from another perspective, and I've learned to accept the fact that there isn't enough time in the day for everything, so I say no when I need to.