Attending law school fresh out of college is an option chosen by many students. But while youth and energy may be an asset to such students, there are some advantages to entering the legal profession later in life, not the least of which is perspective, patience, and the advantage of hindsight.
Mary Fern Breheney is an elder law attorney and partner at Glenn & Breheney in the Hudson Valley, New York. Following graduation from St. Francis College (now University) in Loretto, Penn., she worked in the editorial unit at M.I.T. in the Applied Biological Science Department. After a two-year move to the Midwest with her husband and young children, Breheney found herself back home in Orange County, New York, where she worked at the community college. She began to teach English as a second language but soon realized that teaching wasn’t her thing.
W. Jerry Liu is another late bloomer to the practice of law. Now a sixth-year associate with Fox Rothschild in that firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office, Liu was a senior research investigator with Bristol-Myers Squibb before entering law school at the age of 38; he had also worked as an assistant engineer in the technology development department of a chemical company in China.