alwayssunnyinfl wrote:1) What was your undergrad degree (if you don't mind my asking)?
2) Was that the primary qualification that enabled you to do consulting work or was it mainly due to your prior work experience?
3) Do you think you would have dropped out without having found a good alternative?
4) Are you happy to have tried and dropped out than to not have tried at all?
Also, thanks a bunch for sharing your story. Hearing about people who made the decision to drop out in a clear, responsible manner actually makes the whole process of choosing to go to law school seem less daunting.
Sorry I didn't respond to this earlier - I got lost in the other posts.
1) UG degree was one I built myself - My UG has a thing called New College where you tell them what you want to study to achieve a goal. Using that program I wrote a non-fiction book and a few academic articles instead of taking traditional classes my sophomore and junior years. It says English on my diploma, but I thought having this extra info would help. Many people say they weren't a traditional liberal arts major, so I figured you should know that I definitely wasn't.
2) My degree, my writing background, and a little bit of luck. I honestly didn't even have to spend a lot of time hunting. I pride myself on my interview skills.
3) Yes, I still would have dropped out. I really felt uncomfortable in law school. I missed having a creative outlet and more open-minded friends. I'm not saying all law students are conservative, but many at my law school were, and it made it hard for me to be myself.
4) I struggle with this question. Sometimes I regret going. Sometimes I feel like I can hold my head high because I tried. It sucks having to tell people who matter that you're no longer seeking a JD. It feels like your failures are on display. But as soon as I let go of the fact that I couldn't please everyone all the time, it became easier. I think for younger students like me, you are afraid to stop pleasing your parents.
I hope this is helpful!