Danger Zone wrote:To be as helpful as possible, it would be good to know your school (or school rank or range, if uncomfortable sharing), your debt level (current and projected total at graduation), how much you really want to be a lawyer, and what kind of position you could fall back on if not law (what you studied in undergrad or where you worked before law school). Honestly, it's not looking good for you. There is a big disparity between the number of law school graduates and the number of them employed in long term, full-time legal employment. I would seriously consider dropping out, unless you are going to a very good school for free or close to it, want to be a lawyer in any capacity, and have no other options.
Not sure how true the getting multiple C's means s/he's not cut out for law is. There is a steep learning curve for many people.
I go to a school TLS would consider a very good school. 1L year I was in no way prepared for anything close to like law school. I studied hard, but wasn't getting it. Around November I asked what IRAC was when a professor brought it up, and almost got laughed out of the room. Part of me felt like quitting, but I made myself work harder. I wound up clicking with the crap around December, and was in the top ten percent. Now I get lower but still "good" grades without going to class or reading.
If OP was not mentally healthy, I'm not sure how much you can extract from their grades. All people define potential differently, but it's probably a combination of starting place and peak performance. In this field, it's unfortunate but if you don't get it right away you're at a huge disadvantage. Not only do the people who do well right away get the good jobs with the good pay, but these jobs also have resources that make it much easier to succeed long term. Partners at big firms give real feedback, and tell you when shit is shit. You also have librarians to help you with research, secretaries to make your life easier, and don't have to worry about how you're going to pay rent every month. In addition to this, it's much easier to get hired by other firms once you've proven that another firm didn't find you useless.
The advice should be that OP should drop out if being way behind the 8-ball and has the odds stacked against them makes them unhappy. But it's a leap to say they're not cut out for law. The bottom line is that people who have family members in law, went to a great college, came in with military self-discipline, and are used to reading dense material have an advantage. If OP wasn't working hard because of mental problems then I don't think we can gage their potential. This should be a warning to all incoming 1L's that the best thing to do to prepare yourself for law school is to make sure you're mentally healthy out of the gate. Any depressive, anxious and other symptoms of poor mental health should be attended to and corrected before you start. Because of how law school exams work, having a sharp and fluid mind is much more useful than knowing a lot of law.