Should I drop out?

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randoo23
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Should I drop out?

Postby randoo23 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:43 pm

I just received most of my grades and I sit at a 3.0. I studied my ass off and not just reading but outlining and using all the tips I could from TLS and others. I hated this semester it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I did not enjoy the atmosphere where you are constantly stressed and competing which makes me think that I am not a good fit for the legal world. I attend a t15-19. Should I drop out while I can?

PS: zero in debt undergrad and Law school (Scholarship (75% percentile) and family help)

acr
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Re: Should I drop out?

Postby acr » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:03 pm

randoo23 wrote:I just received most of my grades and I sit at a 3.0. I studied my ass off and not just reading but outlining and using all the tips I could from TLS and others. I hated this semester it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I did not enjoy the atmosphere where you are constantly stressed and competing which makes me think that I am not a good fit for the legal world. I attend a t15-19. Should I drop out while I can?

PS: zero in debt undergrad and Law school (Scholarship (75% percentile) and family help)


I wouldn't drop out yet. See what you can do about your grades second semester. Talk to your professors about how you can improve your grades, and honestly evaluate your strategy from last semester and make changes. Approach this semester as if you have nothing to lose. Throughout this semester, maybe apply to non-legal jobs you might be interested in. If you land a good opportunity outside the legal field, then give more serious consideration to dropping out. You might not be thinking you're a good fit for the legal world right now simply as a reaction to your performance. You've already survived half of the first year, what's another ~four months? Stick it out and see what happens.

mcmand
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Re: Should I drop out?

Postby mcmand » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:28 pm

Dropping out now is almost never a good idea. You don't have the full year under your belt to evaluate your performance properly. You don't know if you like legal work because you've never done it.

Take a breather, reevaluate your approach to prepping for class and studying. Apply for 1L summer jobs you think you will be interested in.

I hated law school but once I got to my summer job I loved it. It could be the same for you. But you won't know until you try that job.

Figure out a study method that works better, while still preserving one day a week for you to relax and do things that you find edifying. Sometimes the difference is just having time to be yourself and not be a law student. If you're still struggling with stress or your general happiness, ask your doctor or talk to a counselor about it. Your school may have counseling services.

PM if you need to talk more, and come back here to vent anytime. We've been through it, we know it sucks. But it's not forever and it can get better.




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