How Old Is Too Old For Law School?

On Quora, a prospective law student asked whether 27 years old is too old to attend law school.  This seems to be a common question for those thinking about law school.  First year MBA students are typically 27 or 28 years old, but it does seem like matriculating 1Ls are often one or two years removed from college.

The bottom line is that 27 years old certainly isn't too old to attend law school.  In fact, these students may have a distinct advantage in that they simply have more life experience than many of their peers, who have recently graduated from college. These older students' career experience may pay off in spades, especially if they've held demanding jobs where they've operated under long periods of stress for difficult managers.

It's often the case that these students' career experience can be even more valuable if they worked in the legal field before law school.  By doing this, they become familiar with legal jargon and learn the inner workings of a law firm or government office.  They're able to ultimately get a clearer sense of whether law school is right for them, which may save them hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run.

I began law school one year after graduating college, and if I could go back in time, I would seriously consider waiting one or two years before enrolling. I definitely don’t regret my decision, but taking that extra time could have given me some more clarity as I was making my decision.

Nonetheless, as you get older, you’ll have to account for your personal circumstances, including whether you have a spouse and whether you have children. Younger students have the benefit of being able to put in long hours without being committed to family obligations. If you do have a spouse or children, you’ll just have to be more efficient with your time.