Young Marino wrote:rpupkin wrote:Dropping out is certainty a reasonable choice here, but I'm going to deviate from the hive a bit. You're looking at T30 + URM + Full Ride + desire to be a lawyer. Even with below-median grades, I'm not sure you need to drop out.
Mr. Campos is right that you need to adjust your salary expectations. At least when starting out, you're unlikely to make more than $50K. But I don't think you'd be crazy to stay in school in your circumstances.
I have to agree with this post. Yes, $50k annually at a small firm is not the most desirable position to be in after graduating but keep in mind that you will make considerably more $$$ over the 30-40 year span of your legal career than most people. Further, although $100k in debt looks daunting right now, that amount of student debt can be realistically paid off in 10-15 years. If you truly want to be a lawyer, I wouldn't drop out.
This. Dropping out from a T30 is a bit of an extreme measure. At regional schools there are two tiers: law review and non law review. Once you miss top 10% at a lot of these schools, it comes down to networking. Don't put your gpa on your resume. JD advantage jobs could give two fucks about gpa. PSLF jobs give two fucks about gpa, it's about fit almost exclusively. Small firms don't care about gpa. Point is you missed biglaw, but you weren't biglaw or bust. Get out there and network. With 60k in debt already (30 UG and 30 first year) you are basically pot committed for another 60 and a law degree.