First of all, who the hell fails out of law school? This person did.
After the worst year of my life, academically and personally- all I have to show for it is a letter asking me not to come back to the school, and debt from a school I never wanted to go to, to begin with.
A little about me. I went to Duke undergrad and graduated top 10% of my class. I scored a 170 on my LSAT after working as a paralegal in a top Law Firm in Washington DC.
My dream of going to law school and becoming a lawyer started at a young age as I intended to the fullest of following my father's footsteps.
I was wait listed at a few top tier schools, and decided to settle and go to a school that was ranked in the 30's because it was near my home, and I was dealing with a few family troubles. Even after getting into Carolina, wait listed at Georgetown, and a few other schools HIGHER than the school I settled on, I entered the biggest mistake of my life at _______ Law School.
Due to a few extenuating circumstances in my personal life this past year (death in the family, depression, etc), my drive to study, focus, and achieve academic excellence was destroyed.
Long sob story short...I was asked not to come back to school, because my grades were not good enough.
This is where I stand now- I have been receiving counseling and emotionally I am back on par to where I was when I took my LSATs over a year ago. I do not live in the same housing situation as I did during my first year. I am applying to law firms back in DC, as I am currently unemployed. I have a few leads, and I am hoping to lock up a job within the next few weeks.
My passion is law, and I refuse to let this go.. I need to know what my options are as I am determined to succeed.
1) Would I benefit from re-taking the LSATs? Is this even possible?
2) Is any respectable law school going to even want me? Including the law schools I turned down?
3) When should I re-apply?
4) Personal statement- How do I even approach this?
To all the kind and honest people out there, THANK YOU in advance. Your suggestions/comments are greatly appreciated.