Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

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Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:21 pm

I got a grade back for my 5 credit Property class and only got a B. I actually felt well-prepared for this exam and felt good about the exam afterward. I thought it was the best exam that I wrote and felt much worse about my other two exams. I haven't received my other two grades but am pretty certain I did not fair as well as my Property exam.

I highly doubt I got above a B in my other two exams based on how I felt, so I am looking at a 3.0 or worse for my first semester. A 3.0 puts me in the bottom 50% of the class (or even lower, something like bottom 30%).

Would I even be able to find a decent job that will allow me to pay off my $200,000 in loans if I stick with it, or should I drop out?

I am seriously panicking. Help.

I worked really hard this semester and I don't know how I could do more work for next semester (but could reevaluate my study strategy). Is it too late?
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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby sting » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:29 pm

how you felt after a law school exam has no bearing on how you actually did. relax and wait for your other grades to come back before you start making plans to drop out.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:44 pm

Hypothetically though, if my grades do end up being a 3.0 or below, are my prospects bleak enough that I should drop out?

My crim exam was split multiple choice/one essay and I am pretty sure my essay was really not good and I found the M/C to be really tough.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby CE2JD » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:45 pm

You should wait to get all of your grades before REALLY panicking.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:48 pm

I am already panicking pretty severely because I know a B isn't going to cut it in terms of getting a job that will help me pay off my loans if I finish law school. Am I totally screwed with a B if it's likely the other grades aren't higher?

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby thesealocust » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:48 pm

Give up friend, you'll never make it to Tuesday. The bus doesn't go there anymore.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:51 pm

No clue what that means.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:53 pm

Also, if I drop out, should I still continue next semester and drop out afterwards, or do it now?

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby Oban » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:54 pm

finish the year, then come back to us.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby CE2JD » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:55 pm

1Lpanic wrote:Also, if I drop out, should I still continue next semester and drop out afterwards, or do it now?


If you get your grades back before tuition is due for next semester and you determine that you'll be unable to repay your law school loans, I would DEFINITELY drop out before enrolling next semester.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:57 pm

If I have a B average on Fordham's B curve (below top 50%) are there reasonable job prospects for someone like me, or am I looking at temp work doing doc review when I graduate?

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby awesomepossum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:06 pm

1Lpanic wrote:If I have a B average on Fordham's B curve (below top 50%) are there reasonable job prospects for someone like me


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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:08 pm

So basically I should drop out?

:(

I feel so effed. I'm 27 and have no idea what kind of career I could get going at this point.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby awesomepossum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:11 pm

Can you sing?

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby CE2JD » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:13 pm

awesomepossum wrote:Can you sing?

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goddam AP...

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:15 pm

Are you big law or bust? If you are interested in being a public defender or an ADA being below 50% might not kill your career.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby LSATfromNC » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:17 pm

Take some solace that there is an IBR now. Maybe this will give you the motivation to kick ass next semester? Good luck.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby awesomepossum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:18 pm

ok ok ok............





So here's the question.... do you know WHY you messed up? Is it something you can fix? If for example you were dying of some dread disease during exams and think you can actually pull all A's next semester then maybe there's something there.

One thing I would try to do for sure is talk to the profs and see what the problem was. It probably won't feel that good to go through that, but it could help you figure out where you stand.

If you worked hard and your solution is just to work harder, that's probably no good.

I know some people who improved things through sheer hard work, but most of those folks were studying next to zero the first semester.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:23 pm

I worked really hard and my only insight is for me to improve in the areas that other 1Ls seem to have issues with (finish outlining earlier, start practicing writing essays earlier in the semester), but I felt fairly solid with my preparation. Ugh.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:24 pm

At this point, I am just hoping to know whether I can realistically find any job that will enable me to pay off 210k in loans if I am below 50%. Can I make monthly loan payments on an ADA salary or with a similar job?

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby awesomepossum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:27 pm

If you think you knew the material, then it's probably some problem with how you looked at issues and formulated answers. Again, I suggest you ask the profs.

When I studied, I found those commercial essay question/answer books to be really helpful and I went crazy on practice tests and seeing how my answer differed from the model answers.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby awesomepossum » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:29 pm

1Lpanic wrote:At this point, I am just hoping to know whether I can realistically find any job that will enable me to pay off 210k in loans if I am below 50%. Can I make monthly loan payments on an ADA salary or with a similar job?



I would go talk to your financial aid office and career services office as well.

I think it's a combination of what they think your prospects are, where you plan on living and what if any LRAP there is available to you.

FYI, I was under the impression that it's really hard to get an ADA job in NYC.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:31 pm

I actually had used the Siegel's Multiple Choice & Essay question books for all three courses, although admittedly I didn't get to go through the Contracts one as much as I would have liked because I ran into a time crunch towards the end of studying.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby 1Lpanic » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:32 pm

I would also like to stay in NYC because I've lived here for the past ten years, so the job would hopefully be here or at least in Westchester or somewhere commutable.

I don't really have anywhere else to go.

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Re: Fordham Law 1L - Below 50% - Drop out?

Postby Philo38 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:33 pm

1Lpanic wrote:At this point, I am just hoping to know whether I can realistically find any job that will enable me to pay off 210k in loans if I am below 50%. Can I make monthly loan payments on an ADA salary or with a similar job?


Don't forget loan repayment programs for public service jobs.




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