I've had the pleasure of input from many on this board about my desire to get a law degree. Many folks here tactfully asked why on earth I want a law degree if I'm currently trying to get qualified as a tax specialist/estate planner and or CPA. I thank you (I can think of Nosborne, Homer, David Boyd, Michael Lloyd, and marty right off the top of my head) for that thoughtful prodding. I've had the time to do some soul searching and deal with the contradictions life is handing me. Since my current background is software development, I responded to someone on the IT board here at degreeinfo about the potential of IT careers. Whether it is real or not, my perception of the current environs is that IT is not the place to be now or in the next ten years. So I'm forced to make a career change, and part of that is finding a school to help me qualify for another career. I eventually want to be self-employed, I would like to pursue those degrees that might help in that regard I need a mental challenge I'm scatterbrained and not focussed without a significant challenge in my life. My current grad school in accounting and finance is certainly NOT challenging. Does this mean it would not be a good career choice? No. It *does* mean I will have a difficult time sticking with these studies. Should I add law studies on top of accounting grad school? Given the time constraints to qualify for the California bar, I probably do not have the mental capacity. So. Now I'm in the midst of deciding whether to just quit my accounting/finance studies because of my need for challenge and need to seriously focus on something that will get me out of corporate America. More challenging studies for me would include mathematics (perhaps that is overboard given my lack of talent in this area, and there is no potential for self-employment), although I admit this would satisfy my ego and curious nature such that I would be willing to dive head on into this subject that might only qualify me to be an entry level actuary psychology (my undergrad degree is in Psych, but is this really all that challenging?) MSCompSci (no future in this field in software development, as far as I can see, but definitely challenging) Law -- challenging -- fun -- self-employment potential, but hideously expensive to qualify for the "club". Thus, the distance learning aspect, which I really do not believe will hamper me, even after a month of intensive reading, research, and cogitation on potential that I will still be a broke schmuck after 4 years of study. A combo of an ABET accredited degree in Comp Sci and the DL law degree for intellectual property specialty -- at least 15 - 30 more undergrad semester hours for the ABET qualification. Perhaps this would add an additional two years to the goal. I'm open to suggestions, specifically directions for exploration, not necessarily solid career/school advice. In fact, I respect the opinions of so many of you here in my short time on this board, that I beg of you to put in your dollar's worth of free advice/thought/musings. Keep in mind that I'm a 35 year old single woman with no real responsibilities. Feel free to laugh at me, flame me, but do not suggest a career counselor. I've already gone down that road, and they all suggest I become an accountant. Go figure! P.S. I've put a lot of thought into this post so please don't leave me hanging. It is very difficult to admit that I'm lost and confused and believe me, anything you have to say is useful. t'anks.