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A Nontraditional Student Perspective

By Cordal Cephas

My last day of work was one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had. After working for one company for the past fourteen years it was suddenly time to drop off company credit card, turn in keys, finalize emails, and ultimately say goodbye. No, I was not moving on to a new job, nor a brand new career – instead after careful consideration, I went back to school.

I always thought I wanted to go to law school, however it just never seemed like quite the right time. Fall 2016, when I began classes at The University of Tulsa College of Law, was no different. I was a husband and father with a wife expecting our second child. It really did not feel like the right time, and honestly that amount of change was somewhat intimidating.

Pleasantly, what I found is that law school is what you make of it. I was able to replace my work time with law school time and with a lot of diligence and preparation, I am happy to say, I am still standing in my 2L year. I also found that I was not alone. There are many students who have made similar decisions and went back to school changing careers. Many of us talk about raising our families, writing papers, changing diapers, studying for finals, and helping with science projects – it has been an incredible experience.

Planning has been key to successfully balancing home life and law school. It takes a lot, but not so much that it is overwhelming. I am happy to say that “I took the road less traveled” and feel like, even during the busiest times, that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.