Christina asks whether she can take care of a dog while in law school. This is an easy one. Yes.
Your law school years are full of free time. You can run, you can take your dog for walks, you can meet friends for coffee. You can have a part time job. You're in class in the mornings, maybe until 2 PM. You've got a lot of reading to do, but you can decide when to do that. You can do that sitting on your sofa at home, with your dog on the floor in a patch of sunlight by your feet.
I find it sad when people use law school as an excuse for constricting their lives. "I can't be in a relationship -- I'm in law school." That's silly -- I've written about it before. That elevates the work associated with law school into a place of importance and primacy that it doesn't deserve. There's work and stress in law school but there's time for it. And it's not more important than all the other components of a happy life. Having a dog, as I have already written, is a good way to learn how to be happy. You'll need to exercise, too. You'll need to have relationships and a creative outlet distinct from school. Don't let law school or the craziness of your classmates convince you that somehow your status as a law student will make you too important or too rushed or too pressured to do the basic maintenance of your spirit that will keep you happy. Law school isn't that hard. Yes, there's a lot of reading. And yes, comprehending that reading is very hard. But it shouldn't swallow the rest of your life.
Here's what you'll need to remember about having a dog. You need to be steadily there for your dog. Feed him or her at the same time every day. Make time for exercise and play, training and reinforcement. Can you do that? Do you have a stable enough platform for your life to make that commitment? Do you have friends or family, a support network who can step in if you need to be at an event until late and can't feed and let out the dog? Could somebody take the dog for a weekend if you take a trip? Are you in a place where your dog will get to be outside, daily, with you? And look forward three or four years, when you're out of law school. Can you commit to structuring a life where you'll still be able to take care of this dog -- a steady presence, exercise, play, and time outdoors -- after law school? You don't have to know how you're going to do it, but I think if you take on the responsibility of having a dog you need to promise THAT you will do it.
Good luck. Please send me a picture of the dog you get, if you end up with one. (Else, you can find yourself a friend with a dog and offer to give it lots of walks and love.)