give up law school for children?
I am about to make a decision soon. I applied to several Canadian law schools (Juris doctor) last year and so far, I've got some offers but none of them is in GTA areas. Although there still some Ontario school hasn't given out rejection to me yet, I feel that my chance of staying in the GTA area is getting smaller every day. The only Ontario one I have now is UWindsor and it's 1+-hour flight or 5 hours drive to Toronto downtown. I also have got offers from other law schools such as U Alberta but they all located in western Canada.
The problem is that due to some legal issue of the kid of my wife and her ex-husband she cannot move outside the Toronto city limit.
So I either go to whatever law school I finally accept and spend 3 years without spending much time with my kids (especially my toddler son, he is turning 2 this summer), or I give up law school and stay with them.
Most of my friends who got into law school told me to go to the law school and wait it out until I graduated. I know some people left their children and spouse to study in a different province to get the JD program done.
Now I am wondering if it is really worth it. My son is very energetic, strong-willed and also very difficult. I usually spend tons of time with him every day. I always feel he needs a lot of time, attention and patience from me and my wife. I cannot imagine if I left him and only seeing him on weekends for 3 years.
On the other side, I've put significant time into this law-school stuff. As a non-native English speaker, I spent a lot of time to get a decent score on LSAT and spent a lot of time on my applications as well. There was some time I felt that I would never say no to a Canadian law school as long as I got admission. However when the offers actually came in, I feel uncertain. I heard 2-5 is a crucial stage for kids, I don't want to miss this crucial development stage of my son.