Why pursue a law degree after a successful career? Some desire 'the road not taken'

Some late-in-life students go back to school to pursue education for the joy of it, taking courses in English literature, for example, or the Italian Renaissance.

Then there are the older students who pursue a passion in professionally oriented fields such as law or business. The New York Times profiles a handful of them, including two successful people who switched course and went to law school.

Richard Hendrix had pursued a career in education, as an English professor and a college administrator. But he also had a longtime interest in the law, so he enrolled in Fordham University’s law school two years ago when he was 68 years old. “It was the road not taken,” Hendrix told the newspaper. He hopes to find public interest work after graduation.

Dave Frankel was a TV weatherman and then a freelancer for ESPN. He went to Villanova Law School and became an advocate for special education needs. “I think the best part of this is that now people see me in this advocate and academic role, not just as Dave Frankel, a weatherman,” he told the Times.

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