A reader asked: I am planning on attending as a 1L in the fall but I just found out I am pregnant and would be due in October of my first year. I am now discouraged. When I saw your blog I was encouraged. I was wondering if you had children while in law school and how you managed that?
My reply: I had an 18 month old when I started with a husband in Iraq. I can talk to you about it at length, but it is not quite the same.
A number of women bloggers had babies while in law school -- four spring immediately to mind:
Cee and each took a semester off and graduated a semester late. Lag Liv and Attorney Work Product graduated on time (I think). All were employed upon graduation, all four are married. However, you'd have to read their respective archives to understand how they did it. They each faced very different challenges bringing their babies into the world while law students. They are amazing, inspiring, clever and wonderful women and reading their blog archives would be a great way to spend an afternoon.
But NONE of them did it first semester 1L. They had summer, 2L or 3L babies.
1L is stressful. It is wonderful. I'd do it again. But it is the most important year and you need to be able to commit fully to it.
Advice, since you asked for it: I would defer admission for a year. Seriously. It is much easier to start law school with a 10 month old than to give birth right before 1L first semester finals.
I am going to poll the MILPs and see if they wish to add their insight in the comments -- they might disagree with me.
The Weekly MILP (Moms In the Legal Profession) Roundup is hosted on a rotating basis between PT-LawMom, Butterflyfish, and Attorney Work Product blogs. We originally rounded up just the moms in law school, but then discovered that those women eventually graduate. Who knew? So now all the moms in the legal field (heh... MILFs) are represented. We aim for Sunday posts.
See the past Round Ups at my other blog here.
(pregnant in law school; baby in law school; pregnant law student; pregnancy law school; infant law school)