Hey all, thanks for replying. Well there is an petition process which the school allows and I did do that but unfortunately they still found no reason to let me back in. I was not trying to make excuses during the meeting but I did tell them that I had to deal with unforeseen family problems which kept me traveling every weekend. I really do feel that this hampered my ability to study during the weekends and because of this I tried cramming as much as I could during the week. I even got letters from doctors and witnesses stating the situation I was in but I guess the appeals board didnt think I deserved another chance =/. And the sad part about all of this was that I literally had a 1.99 and the requirement was a 2.0.
So at this point I'm just trying to get a job and get experience and maybe do my masters or take some classes. But nothing is set in stone because this is all a very confusing time for me right now.
I have some personal experience with this, so I feel compelled to help.
First of all, unless otherwise stated, you should be allowed to petition for readmit more than once. Most schools don't consider petitions for readmission until the student has sat out at least one semester, with the earliest a readmitted student could begin classes being one full year from dismissal. Are you sure you didn't have a hearing for reconsideration? If you were dismissed after the end of the school year, this may not have been a petition to readmit, but rather a hearing as to the decision of the school.
When I was dismissed in 08, I talked to the Dean and he put me in contact with the person who handles readmission counseling. I worked with her for about 6 months, formulating my essay, my readmission petition, and discussing strategies that would show the school that things had changed, that there was an explanation for my poor performance, and that I was committed to making the necessary changes. Try to seek that person out.
Furthermore, if you were denied readmission, the ABA requires that you take 2 years off then you can apply to any law school as a new admit. Naturally, you will have to discuss the fact that you were dismissed.
I recommend you take some time to think about what happened that caused you problems and be honest with yourself. If this is what you really want, there should be no doubt in your mind that you can do it, and do it better the second go around. I didn't like people telling me that it was for the best, nor did I care to hear people tell me to do something else. For me, it was law school. If I couldn't get back in, I'd have to find something else. Until I did everything I could, I wasn't willing to quit.
If you really did get denied readmission (and didn't mistake a petition for reconsideration for a readmission procedure), you have two years to kill while waiting for the ABA requirement to pass. That's a long time, for sure, but also plenty of time to explore other opportunities. For example, my plan, if I had been denied readmission, was to get my masters degree (either an MBA or something in marketing) in the interim. You could accomplish this in two years with little problem. Plus, then if you don't get admitted for some reason, you have another potential career just waiting for you to go kick butt at! Truth is, an MBA or masters can get you a job with less work, less responsibility, less hours and similar pay.
Here's some basic stuff I learned that might be helpful:
1) stay involved in the law. Clerk, paralegal, volunteer - anything is better than nothing (even volunteering a few days a month at a free legal clinic is better than ignoring the field completely). It shows you are dedicated, interested, and engaged despite any issues that should, if you didn't care, have made you disconnect from the law.
2) let it go. The most successful people have failed many times before they succeeded. Think of it this way: thousands apply to law school every year and only a small percentage gain acceptance. Hundreds of students 'fail out' of law school. It doesn't make you stupid or worthless, nor does it signify that you are incapable. We all run into periods of time in our lives that prevent us from attaining our goals. Its what you do when you fail that makes you who you are. Get over the pain and confusion and try to remember that you were smart enough to get in. That automatically puts you in a category of intelligence and capability that exceeds a huge portion of the population.
3) be honest with yourself and figure out if law school is right for you. If you are readmitted, you are held to a higher standard. People will be watching and the pressure will be higher than the average student. Do you want to be a lawyer? Did you apply to law school because you thought it was a big bucks profession? Did you just want a degree? I've met too many people who went to law school for the prestige, the title, or the money who quickly learned that none of it was worth it. There is nothing sadder (to me) than when someone spends six figures to get a degree that they never use or use for a while only to realize that they hate it.
My story is simple. I have ADHD and had major test anxiety, both of which contributed to me getting a B, a C+ and 2 D's. I was dismissed. I went to see my doctor, got rediagnosed, got properly medicated, and got readmitted. I worked my ass off and got one C, a B-, and 2 B's first semester. Second semester, I got one C and three B+'s. The two C's were from the same professor, who I was forced to take twice, that writes terrible tests full of confusing wording, misspellings, and a total lack of clarity (he tought us general measure of damages so poorly that using the way he taught us, I was unable to answer a GM question using the choices provided). At this point, I am in no danger of being dismissed again and look forward to a more successful 2L.
It can be done. If you really want it, and for the right reasons, nothing can stop you.
Anyway, good luck to you. Keep your head up.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger (it's better if you say it with his accent)