soaponarope wrote: rad law wrote: soaponarope wrote:
NYC Law wrote:Would you care to go in depth about what you did wrong so at least us 0Ls can try to learn from your mistakes?
Read newb: OP clearly states, "I don't know how it happened. Still dumbfounded."
Edit: Anyway, OP you go to a top law school. A little adversity and you're just going to quit? If becoming a lawyer is your dream, your passion, then buckle that f'ing chin strap and get to it. As cliche as this may sound, when there is a will there is a way. Retake the class, beg the prof, challenge the grade, just do everything in your power to fix this shit. And even if you can't... remember, they still call the last guy who graduates in your class a lawyer.
Most of us are similarly situated in debt. Law students are always thinking in the short term (I'm guilty of it). But, most firms do not care about your grades after X amount of years in practice. Also, if you have below a 3.0 ya don't put that shit on your resume so it's not like OP will be singled out in the job hunt amongst a majority of his peers. Plus, he goes to a top 25 school... that alone is validation that OP has a brain.
Yea, the safe route is to drop out... but, if you truly want to practice law you will always wonder what if. I feel for the OP. I too would sincerely consider dropping out.
Also -- in the event you are required to provide transcripts and evidence of your GPA, assuming that the rest of your grades are in order, you will have a chance to explain the aberration. If it's truly an aberration, I think you will be entitled to (and get) some understanding. Obviously this will not be the case as much at OCI as it will be among PI firms, but you should remember that the people hiring are human. If you've got the softs and the desire to be a lawyer, I say roll up your sleeves and get back in the game.
I would also speculate that if you're a 1L right now that you will be facing less competition upon graduation. About a year ago, I remember hearing that LS admissions were down 30% across the board. Imagine if this trend continues. There are fewer people going to law school and fewer people graduating each year which should mean fewer lawyers. The the number of available positions stays the same, there's going to be shorter supply and thus you will be more competitive. Obviously this is speculation but perhaps worth considering -- changes my be on the horizon.
Whatever you decide, good luck to you. You'll be fine no matter what.
edit: Realized you've made the decision. Good luck to you!