I am a 1L law student and I am seriously considering dropping out. My reasons for dropping out are pretty standard in that I find the subject matter boring, I fear not being able to find a job after graduation, I think I will hate practicing law, I didn't even like my law internship this summer, and I think I came to law school for the wrong reasons (parents expectations, profitable career, etc).I think I want more qualitative work (science). I have a science background. Anyway, i want to know what other grads, current students, and even dropouts think about this.By the way, I am going to wait until after the semester is over to make my full decision.
I don't think the OP ever mentioned wanting to be a teacher. It was an insane suggestion from another poster. Have any of you ever been in a middle or high school science classroom since being in school? Nothing good happens there. Nobody is learning, few are teaching, and the whole thing is very expensive and wasteful. Besides, public school teaching is generally for adults who never learned to do anything practical. If the OP is smart enough to get into law school, he's much too smart to become a teacher, unless he's one of those extremely rare people who have a passion for inspiring children, in which case he should start his own school. Public schools frown upon anybody who wishes to be inspirational or useful.
I have decided to drop out at the end of the semester. I feel so relieved. I am applying to graduate programs in areas that interest me. Sure, I dont have the earning potential of a lawyer, but at least I won't be unhappy everyday and reading cases that are so d**mn boring and interacting with the kinds of people I just really dislike. I went to lawschool for the wrong reasons. Before I even started the semester, I had a near breakdown about law school and being a lawyer. This profession is not for me. I gave it a shot, and it cost me a substanial amount. But thats life and things that are worth doing are expensive. At least it didn't cost me $80,000. Ahh yes, the sciences are for me. Quantitative work, here I come, and hopefully I'll get paid to go to school!!!Good luck everyone. And to those who hate what they are studying, don't want to be a lawyer, and are still in school. My advice is get out before you are stuck in a job that you hate for the next 30 years. Sacrificing a few years in your mid-20's is nothing in the long run.
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