Before taking the leap, she and her partner talked about finances and agreed that they would have to live on his salary alone for a few years. Bannan, now 35, did not want to accumulate more debt, so instead of taking out loans to pay for law school, she paid for it with savings.

At 31, she was the oldest in her law school class by ten years. Giving up a 15-year career and a stable job at the Girl Scouts was not easy, but she also did not see another option.