Thinking about dropping out, any advice?

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Thinking about dropping out, any advice?

Postby jeffcooon » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:44 pm

I am a part-time student at a school in New Jersey with couple of years of work experience. I just finished 3/4 of 1L classes, I have 2 1L classes remaining in the fall. Working full-time and studying has proven to be very intense and taxing. I just got my grades back and it was abysmal. My cumulative average is around 2.75 which puts me at around Top 70%, 80% in my school. I need to get at least A- and B+ in next semester to pull it back to 3.0, which is median in my school. (I have never received anything over B so far, so even thinking about getting an A- may be a long shot). I came into law school knowing that big law would be a long shot, but I didn't mind working for 10-50 attorney office where I could learn to develop my niche practice area.

Reasons for dropping out:
1) Really don't see myself studying/working in this same way for the next 2-3 years. Balancing school and work was really difficult. Received bad review from the job and bad grades from school... Very unhappy throughout the semester - no life during the weekends, family issues/drama cuz of my bad well-being. I think I was mentally checked out.
2) Since I have no option of changing to full-time student, I just feel irrelevant as a law student- not being able to network during day events, very difficult to do even write on journals/law review and trying out for moot court/etc. because of work schedule.
3) I just wonder what kind of job I could get with my grades - probably doc review, small 1-5 attorney offices, right? Is accounting or other route possible?
Notes: 1) No debt thus far. If I were to stick it out/graduate, I would have around $40,000-44,000 in debt.

Grass is greener on the other side with other grad school options (thinking about doing quick 1 year business program and start working). But feeling unsure about my law school plans as I want to be realistic given what I have. Is this a good time to cash out before it's too late? or what other things should I be asking or doing? Much advice needed.

What do you guys think?


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Re: Thinking about dropping out, any advice?

Postby sparkytrainer » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:07 pm

I would drop out. You tried, but it’s not working. Plus you aren’t in debt. So dropping out sounds like the right decision here. Bad grades at a bad school isn’t a path to legal employment.


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Re: Thinking about dropping out, any advice?

Postby rwhyAn » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:01 pm

OP, I'm sorry to hear. As a recent grad of the Rutgers part-time program, I know the struggle of working full time and going to school at night. You're right, a 2.75 after the first year puts you in a tough spot. The only way you should continue is if you really want to be a lawyer. If you don't think you can handle another 3 years of it, then get out now. That said, if you do continue, there is still time to pull up your grades. I had good, but not great, grades after my first year. However, after the first year, my grades got much better after I figured out what worked and what didn't work for me. Speak with the deans and see if you can take a leave of absence instead of withdrawing. I think the ABA allows you 84 months to complete the degree. The only potential problem is that NY requires you to complete the JD within 60 months in order to sit for the NY bar. My advice to you would be to take a leave of absence and take time to reflect on whether or not you truly want this. There's no shame in leaving if it's not what you want. Best of luck in whatever decision you make.

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