I've got a BA (political studies) and have taught English in Asia for several years.
I am a 38 year old man and plan to start law school at 40.
Not related, but I mention it in case anyone wonders what my experience is.
Is there a type of law that an older graduate would often practice or is it the same as any age?
I plan to go to U Windsor for my JD
Will live anywhere (except a very remote place like Nunavut)
High salary is not my top priority (as long as I make at least the same as a public school teacher in Ontario I am happy).
Hoping for a work/life balance (hoping for 40 hours a week and not 60+).
I think trying to find a job in a smaller city (no commute time) is something I ought to try.
Criminal defence and family lawyers will always be in demand so I am thinking to go that route.
I could be dead wrong, but I think that the learning curve is more steep with criminal defence so a family law focus may be best. Again, I could be dead wrong but I think that the soft skills/life experience that I have gained may be useful for working in family law.
I have also thought of trying to find a general practice in a small place that could use an extra lawyer (IF I can find such a place). They may prefer a young guy BUT I think that my life experience and the soft skills that I have learned may be looked upon as an advantage.
I mentioned that salary is not my top priority, but of course I hope to make a decent salary. I could be wrong, but I think that criminal defence (doing legal aid) can pay VERY bad unless one becomes very good at it. As a child my next door neighbour was a criminal defence attorney and his wife (speech pathologist) made more money than him. I estimate that he made about the equivalent of CAD $70 000 a year in 2021 dollars.
Thanks for reading and for any advice.