Some people point out that there's a difference between being in law school and being a lawyer. I think that's fair. At minimum, it shows that lawyers do different stuff -- teach, practice, write, and judge -- and that law school doesn't necessarily prepare people all that completely for being a lawyer, if they go into practice.
If I was contemplating dropping out of law school (which I'm not), I suppose what would talk me out of it would be seeing that light at the end of the tunnel (not that one): someone who's doing something I wish I could end up doing, who happens to have a law degree. But, if I really wanted to drop out, I suppose I'd look for someone who's doing something I wish I could end up doing, who doesn't have a law degree. Or, even better, who dropped out of law school.
Actually, that's made me curious. A quick Google search finds me nothing comprehensive, but these interesting results:
Al Gore dropped out of law school.
Paul Simon dropped out of law school.
The writer/director of "Two Weeks Notice" and "Miss Congeniality" dropped out of law school.
"Adam dropped out of law school to follow his heart. He landed at the Teva Learning Center, a program in Western Connecticut that teaches the integration of Judaism, Ecology and Environmental Activism."
"Anne dropped out of law school, renounced all of her material goods and went to live with her parents at the nudist colony."
That last one -- I kid you not -- is from a law school exam hypothetical. I don't know if that makes it funnier or less funny.
Anyway, for anyone thinking about it: you probably shouldn't drop out of law school unless you've really got something better to do. All that money and time down the drain -- at least if you stick it out you get a degree that has some value. Just my two cents. I dunno.