I want to know if it's worth sticking with law school before 2L starts shortly.
Reasons to stay:
- I have a half-ride scholarship, which means I'll have a tolerable debt burden regardless of what I do upon graduating
- Dropping out is too socially costly; friends and family would be utterly shocked and disappointed; classmates would think much less of me
- The JD is a respectable degree and people (especially other professionals) just respect lawyers and someone who's gone through that process
- Negative signaling in both career and personal contexts ("This person failed to follow through on a commitment. They're a slacker, a zero. Don't hire/date/work with them.")
Reasons to leave:
- I value work-life balance too much to do BigLaw (not that my grades would even give me a shot). I want plenty of time each day to exercise, eat healthy, work on creative side-projects, and so forth.
- Outside of BigLaw, all other opportunities are just as competitive ITE (seems like public interest and BigFed/gov is just as popular these days as BigLaw)
- Law is uninteresting and tedious to me; I have other things I can stand to work on for far more hours than reviewing/drafting documents
- I don't care about being a practicing attorney.
- I feel demotivated now that I don't have a shot at the career track this profession is optimized for. I'm no longer incentivized to perform at my best, which is harmful in so many ways since one should always feel like they have a stake in what they're working on.
I didn't have much in the way of summer employment either. Should I cut my losses and drop out? Or just get the JD for its own sake? It seems tough to justify dropping out of a T14 with a decent scholarship even if I don't practice law after graduating. Besides gaining precious time, would dropping out be the right move?