My Mommy Wants to be a Lawyer
By Mary Nienaber-Foster • February 01, 2007•Balancing Private and Professional Life
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Legal Eagle February 22, 2007
I am pulling for you 100%.
You said, “I don’t think that I necessarily have it any ‘harder’ than my classmates who don’t have children and/or a spouse. Everyone has other responsibilities in life besides school.” I appreciate your generous spirit. (Although it is hard for me to think more highly of any law student than a law student who is juggling parenthood, as a hands-on mother or father!)
My motivation for law school is a little different. I haven’t found a partner to share my life with. I don’t have kids yet. I have struggled with depression for years. So many times it has been hard to get out of bed in the morning, or out of the apartment and into campus. On the toughest days, I think about the stability a J.D. can provide: a set of skills to earn a salary and to manage a life, sufficient to support me and a child, whether or not I ever find a partner. Plus, it is work that I love. Surprisingly enough, I want a law degree to <i>improve</i> my work-life balance.
You are an inspiration to me. You pull yourself forward with the thought that Ethan and Maggie will say “my mommy is a lawyer.” My strength comes with the thought that somebody will point at me someday and say, “that lawyer is my mommy.”
KHernan881 February 27, 2007
As another law student mom I thought I’d echo the sentiment that kids bring you down to earth and bring some humor to the law school situation which is usually anything but humorous. Additionally, the things they pick up on are a window into how law school has changed us for the good or the bad.
First, my 5 year old got me higlighters (from the dollar store) for my birthday last month. He checks up on me periodically to make sure that I am using them for my studies and also likes to use them for his “studies” which is pretty much math workbooks at the kitchen table. My 3 year old has started to tell people that she’ll be going to law school when she grows up—but only after she is Cinderella and Prince Charming finds that the shoe fits her! Sometimes, I’ll look in on her playing in her room (when the silence is suspicious) and find her with a very serious face taking notes on a My Little Pony pad of paper and telling her stuffed animals that she is “studying” and “not to bother her”. Not sure this is one thing I’d like to rub off on her just yet!
ptlawmom June 10, 2007
What a fantastic post. Your reasoning behind choosing to attend law school is a lot like mine. And if not now, when? It’s always exciting to read the stories of other mothers in law school, especially those with young children. We can do it! http://ptlawmom.com