john7234797 wrote:I would challenge the OP to get a 4.0 this semester. If you can't pull at least a 3.8 on the semester then re-consider Law School. It's one thing to say you'll flip the switch and another to do it. Undergrad is going to be significantly easier and with a much lighter workload than Law School. If you're too unmotivated to crank out some Econ homework then I don't know how you expect to get above average grades in Law School compared to people that have had good study skills since high school.
I think this is a good approach although I would say aim for a 4.0 for the rest of college. If you can do that, you at least have a little bit of empirical proof that you can turn things around although law school is just so much harder than undergrad (not the material itself but the fact that, at least 1L year, it is pretty boring; there is a lot of it; and you are competing against other smart people for few As) that you should still proceed with caution. Paul Tough's book How Children Succeed discusses what things other than intelligence help people succeed in school, and it turns out (not terribly surprisingly) that people who are successful are reasonably smart but also internally motivated and disciplined, most importantly able to motivate themselves to show up regularly and on time and complete tedious tasks that may seem pointless that they are assigned by others. The people with those traits are also way more likely to be successful professionally and make more money, which is also not terribly surprising given that a job is all about being reliable and being able to take orders an complete tasks that don't interest you. The good news is that you can develop these traits. That's why I think the get-a-4.0-from-here-on-out challenge is a good idea. You can test whether you are developing these crucial traits.