« on: December 06, 2006, 04:36:24 PM »
You sound like I did after my first year of law school in 1999. At the end of that year, I dealt with some personal family stuff as well as grappling with the question of whether I wanted to even be a lawyer. Looking back on that time, I realize that my doubts about a legal career were largely exacerbated by my personal situation. However, I dropped out, and went back to work for five years. I beat myself for that five years for having dropped out, having not talked to anyone at the school to see if I could get help, and having acted rashly without looking at the root of concerm.
So, after five years of knowing that dropping out of law school had been the wrong choice, I reapplied to several law schools. And not only did I get into law school, but I was offered substantial scholarships at most of the schools I applied to (probably due to my work experience). I also used my personal statement to explain why I dropped out the first time and what I learned from the whole experience.
The only bad thing was that I was forced to repeat my first year. So if you do take some time off, don't take too much time in deciding whether or not you want to come back. But you're spending so much money on school, that I don't think taking some time off to decide if this is really right for you is a bad thing. And the fact that you have attended before will not necessarily keep you from getting accepted later (provided you give the schools a good reason for having left in the first time.)
When you returned, how old were you? Did you go full time or part time? What did you do when you quit?
Sorry for the late reply - it's finals time ;-)
I was 32 when I returned to law school last year, 27 when I quit. I was and am full time. When I quit school, I was offered a position at my old company in radio advertising sales, and I did that for four years, and then did a year in the mortgage industry.
To the original poster -
I'm SO glad that you spoke with your school and found out the facts. Two years is a lot of time, and you never know what you'll learn about yourself during that time. Like me, you could find out that law is your calling and it's where you belong. And for what it's worth, I'm glad for my mistakes - my law school experience would not have been as pleasant for me had I finished the first time as it is right now.