grad school dropout, what are my chances?

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grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby hopefullylawmaterial » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:47 am

I dropped out of a grad program at the end of my last semester. I had been so stressed and began suffering from depression since I hated my grad program and the stress my thesis was causing me. So, I left in order to regather my thoughts and focus on regaining my mental stability.

I have always wanted to go to law school, but I feared I would be rejected and didn't apply. Instead, I chose to get a Master's degree to make my application more impressive. The program turned out to be a huge mistake, and I feared leaving but had to when my mental health started to deteriorate.

I have a 3.34 undergraduate GPA and haven't taken the LSAT yet.

Do you think my leaving my graduate program will cause me to be rejected from law schools?

Honesty will be greatly appreciated! : )

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Re: grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby sarahlawg » Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:12 pm

well, I did one semester of a grad program and dropped it and didn't see it affect my admissions process. Your UGPA will be what you have to overcome. Good luck!

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Re: grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby tedler » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:49 pm

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Re: grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby patrickd139 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:51 pm

tedler wrote:I'd think twice about law school if pressure plays havoc with your mental state--although I can see how composing a thesis could cause a unique type of misery.

For almost all disciplines, law school stress >>>>>> grad school stress at the masters level

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Re: grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby tedler » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:35 pm

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Re: grad school dropout, what are my chances?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:58 pm

tedler wrote:
For almost all disciplines, law school stress >>>>>> grad school stress at the masters level

Didn't say greater, just unique. Having to create something completely original would scare me a lot more than putting in 90 hour weeks. The warning still applies to the OP though.

A close friend of mine completed a JD/PhD (in Political Science) from a T1. Her view was that the PhD was harder, because of the whole thesis-writing business, but that law school was more intense. People were much more competitive in law school. Grad school is not very competitive - in my experience - because you don't need to achieve a certain rank, and the professors don't grade on a curve - they'll give everyone As, if deserved.

Anyway, "unique" sounds right to me, as does the warning.



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