Serious Inquiry...consider dropping out?

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Serious Inquiry...consider dropping out?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:29 pm

Hello all. I am a few weeks away from concluding that I completely struck out at biglaw, both through OCI and mass mail. I had about 10 screeners so far and 2 CBs, but both lead to nothing. I have two more in-office screeners (secondary market) and a secondary market CB. I transferred to a T25 from a lower T1 where I had LR and top 10%.

So, if I do strike out completely, should I seriously consider dropping out? I anticipate being able to do well at my new school, especially now that I am taking classes that I am more interested in. Is there still a chance that I could get a 3L SA or, if I do well enough, possibly get an offer as an entry level associate?

Obviously I will wait to see the outcome of my upcoming interviews, and I am fairly certain that I paid for this semester and can't get out of that. So, thoughts if I do completely strike out? I will meet with career services next week, but I am sure they'll give me the typical "hang in there" speech.

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Re: Serious Inquiry...consider dropping out?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:48 pm

First of all, you could still end up getting a job. Don't panic and don't hang around here too much, which will lead to more panic.

I don't think dropping out would accomplish anything except leave you with debt for nothing and wasted time. I transferred from lower T1 to T14 and struck out at 2L OCI. I ended up getting biglaw SA position by adding a joint degree, giving me an extra summer. Most of transfers I know have also been successful in their third year after doing well at their new school. If you do well, there's always the option of a clerkship, too. You might not get biglaw, but you probably still are better sticking it out.

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Re: Serious Inquiry...consider dropping out?

Postby itbdvorm » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:55 pm

Anonymous User wrote:First of all, you could still end up getting a job. Don't panic and don't hang around here too much, which will lead to more panic.

I don't think dropping out would accomplish anything except leave you with debt for nothing and wasted time. I transferred from lower T1 to T14 and struck out at 2L OCI. I ended up getting biglaw SA position by adding a joint degree, giving me an extra summer. Most of transfers I know have also been successful in their third year after doing well at their new school. If you do well, there's always the option of a clerkship, too. You might not get biglaw, but you probably still are better sticking it out.


Agree. Also, hustle, hustle, hustle. Talk to profs from your old school you were close with. Try seeing if career services can hook you up with research assistant job w/a prof maybe during the school year (always a good source of recs). And crush 2L year as much as you can to give you as much flexibility as possible.

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Re: Serious Inquiry...consider dropping out?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote: Don't panic and don't hang around here too much, which will lead to more panic.


OP here. Thank you both for the advice and encouragement. I was fully aware of the market situation before heading to law school. I had worked in several law related jobs as an undergrad and for a firm during the summer before I decided to commit to law school. I knew I would be good at it, and I think I am pretty damn good at it. I think the bolded is the best advice that I, and perhaps many others in my position can take. TLS wisdom/rhetoric at times is all doom and gloom, and rightfully so. But I don't think the doom and gloom applies in my situation, so, I will be off the TLS boards for a few months.

That being said, if you are a 0L reading this, don't fucking go to law school. And if you are lucky enough to still be a fresh/soph in college, don't be a fucking liberal arts major. Suck it up and get that engineering/science degree. That way, if you want law that badly, you can be an IP lawyer, or probably a better litigator/transactional attorney than most liberal arts majors (like me) anyway.




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