Anonymous User wrote:WE, and I go to a t10. Other than that, nothing. One thing is for sure: grades are not everything. It's the whole entire package. I think I should land something that I like... i am not that worried.
Without digressing into pejoratives, I felt that the only reason you posted was to hear people encourage you to stay in school. That's fine, it's your life, you obviously can make these decisions better than we can. Good luck and godspeed.
My dear steampunk Wookiee,
In a sense, I think you are correct; in another, though, I think you are perhaps being a bit too hard on OP here. Specifically, I think it's pretty reasonable to ask, "Given my weak first-semester performance, what can I do to go into law given that I really want to be an attorney? And are those options so awful that I should abandon them anyway?"
I'm not an expert any more than the others on this thread, but:
-If you are biglaw-or-bust: yes. Drop. That's "bust", but with less $$$ owed to the school.
-If you want to do public interest: public interest orgs are mostly not grade-obsessed. They want to see real passion for their cause combined with practical experience. Some say this is because they're not "good" enough to attract the high-GPA people. There might be some of that, but I think it's also because they just don't think that correlates well with performance in their area. Join a clinic or clinic-like program. Go intern somewhere. If at Michigan: talk to OPS and OPIS. In short, I do not think that even very very low grades are a reason for a PI person to drop out at Michigan.
For people with good grades, it can actually be kind of upsetting to realize that even in BigLaw grades don't determine everything. But that's the truth, and as even BigLaw hiring partners acknowledge, neither grades nor school are necessarily good predictors of future performance.
Bonus if you're at Michigan: check out Frank Murphy's GPA. (Before people jump on me: yes, this is meant as a little bit of humorous condolence.)