When you’re in law school, you get a lot of the same comments. Everyone always asks, “So, if I go to jail, you’ll help me out, right?” Sometimes, they might ask about the course load, the hours, or the prestige.
A lot of times, though, the first comment is, “Wow, that must be really expensive.”
They’re not wrong, but it’s something that a lot of law students are worried about. You can read all the pamphlets you like, but that doesn’t answer people’s worries about debt and affording both an education and groceries. Fortunately, we all have different experiences at the house and different advice for handling money during you law school years.
Scholarships and Grants
While a lot of people start law school because of the idea that lawyers get paid a lot, the idea of grad school scares a lot of people off, too.
That’s why we all suggest that you start looking at grants and scholarships right away. Sometimes, your college might even offer programs and stipends that allow you to work on campus, and in exchange, your tuition is reduced or completely wiped away.
Opportunities like this can make a huge difference in your student debt amount, so starting there can help. It might even mean that you don’t have to take out that loan you were worried about.
Still, that doesn’t mean your necessities, like groceries and rent, are covered, especially if your parents can’t or won’t help. What then?
Working Through College
Of course, one of the first suggestions we all had was to share a house. It’s worked out great for us. Still, the idea of working to fund your education—while getting that education—can be intimidating. Whether you’re working in the office of a Sacramento DUI attorney or bagging groceries, that’s a significant part of your day that you’re not able to study or attend class.
Luckily, your professors and your employer can help. They should both know that you’re attending school and working, which can affect your available hours. They may be able to be more flexible in your case.
The key here, though, is communication. Talking to your manager and your teachers about your situation will make it easier to balance your work life, your academic life, and even your social life.
Funds for the Future
One of the most important things to remember is that your legal education will affect your future. While all six of us are sharing a house in a little college town now, we’re also working toward and paying for a better future. Fortunately, you have options for funding your education, even if you’re doing it alone.
Before you worry about getting yourself through college financially, check out these avenues, not to mention other options,like rooming with five of your friends. It may not be for everyone, but it just might work for students like us who are just trying to make their law school dreams a reality.