I went to a law school that had a very tight-knit community. Part of our orientation involved all faculty leaving the room while a panel of 2Ls and 3Ls talked to us about some more…down-to-earth issues that we should be aware of. I don’t remember much of that talk, but I do remember one comment, mostly because it was so very clearly not applicable to me. “Because this is such a small group of people, if you aren’t already in a committed relationship when you start school, you WILL end up having an unfortunate hookup with one of your classmates before you graduate.” And then whoever had made that comment went on to explain why it was best to not hook up with the classmates that you see every day.
If I had been questioning the wisdom of going to law school as a married person, I would have stopped questioning right then. Navigating the dating world AND law school? Not my idea of fun. If you’re already married and wondering whether that’ll be a drawback if you decide to attend law school, here are some factors to consider.