« on: October 26, 2007, 08:15:05 PM »
Note that just because your GPA starts over at the new school, doesn't mean your BC grades are gone.
You'll still have to list your first year of attendance at BC on your resume, though you can leave off your GPA if it is bad. Don't be surprised if employers ask you for a first year transcript should you decide to continue at Case. You might have to explain why your grades were bad.
This is definitely a unique situation.
It may be that BC's higher rank will help you out..but then again, maybe not. you'd be relying primarily on 3L OCI (not likely to get any offers in 2L OCI with poor 1L grades), which as many can attest to is a big gamble. So I wouldn't count on a big bucks job by a longshot, although employers may be more lenient if you had a very good reason for the leave of absence. I think it's really too hard to say. You need to talk to other people who have taken a year off in the middle of law school. Maybe BC can put you in touch with people who did this.
If Big Law is definitely out because you'd be gambling with 3L OCI, I would think about attending a cheaper state school, like Cleveland State, because you might end up graduating without a job offer.
Alternately, you could take a few years off and maybe start from scratch by doing 1L over.