Catherine Tornabene watches her 2-year-old son bop around to salsa-flavored songs every Wednesday afternoon in a Spanish class for moms and tots. It’s some of the best hours in the University of California, Hastings College of the Law student’s busy schedule. As she watches Nathaniel laugh and play, she’s acutely aware that she won’t always have the opportunity.

“A huge advantage of law school is that your time flexibility is just incredible,” Tornabene, who is in her third year, said. “I only have classes two days a week. You can take off a lot of time. You don’t have clients relying on you.”