Nycanuck wrote:I got two B's so far. I just want honesty here. That basically means I"m in the bottom of the class right? Is it worth it for me to stay in law school? Do I still have a shot at a good job?
From what I read earlier, straight B's through the first year will put you near the bottom of the class. Sadly, somebody has to be at the bottom. However, (and bear in mind that I too am a 1L and thus cannot speak with any substantial authority) I wouldn't suggest something as drastic as dropping out of law school after a semester in which you only receive 3 grades (especially since it's your first semester).
Prior to the release of grades, my 2L roommate advised me not to stress about the first semester of grades too much (unless you get a bunch of B-'s, in which case you are doing something wrong in your prep work). After all, we have 4 more grades coming this semester, more than enough to balance out the first semester.
If it comforts you at all I suppose I could let you know that Elena Kagan had "mediocre" grades
at HLS her first semester (a B in crim law and a B- in torts--her only fall grades) and seemed to find something that "clicked" through the rest of her academic career. On a more anecdotal level, my own father received poor grades his first semester of law school at a second tier school (where grades arguably matter even more than at CLS in terms of simply getting a job), and was able to write-on to law review, pull his grades up and graduate in the top-third of his class, and make partner in a large law firm (after an initial stint a smaller firm). Of course, neither of these may be "representative" samples, but I think they lend support to the idea that hope is not lost and the future is by no means set in stone.