Hi Iím new to this board and hoping to get some advice. In short I was a 1L at a 4th tier school in CA (ABA) but was academically disqualified. I rather not get into why I did so poorly but it had to do with my health but I foolishly tried to tough it out.
Anyway, at this point it will take time for me to regain my health during which Iíll be thinking about what to do with my future. Iíll certainly look into different fields and pursue something else. Having said that, Iíll also look into giving law school one more shot, especially if I feel that Iím physically fit this time.
IF I do choose the latter, here are my options.
First, I understand that according to ABA rules I have to sit out two years before I can apply to law schools again. So Iím thinking while sitting out, I can study for and take the LSAT while working. Of course I will only do so if I feel that I can do much better this time. I guess the problem is I had taken the LSAT twice already, back in 2003. But if I do much better this time, I can apply to law schools once again.
The other option is to take the baby bar, also known as FYLSX (first year law student examination), which as far as I know is only offered in CA. The school I was attending recently informed me that my performance on this exam will be considered by the committee with respect to being reinstated. Well that sounds fine and dandy but I also understand that this is an extremely difficult exam. Granted, these are often taken by non-ABA accredited schools, but the pass rate for the last two times itís been offered is 25%. And thatís just the pass rate, as unlike the BAR, you are given a grade (A to D), and D is passing. So point being, this is quite a challenge, especially for someone who couldnít even get through the first year.
Iím not sure if I have a specific question regarding my situation, but if someone has faced a similar situation, I would appreciate hearing from you, or anyone with knowledge about this. Honestly, at this point, just based on my limited research on baby bar, I feel that I have a better shot at doing much better on the LSAT. But on the other hand, although itís wishful thinking, maybe if I can get a B on the baby bar, and if I explain to the school why I did so poorly the first year, I think a solid grade on the baby bar demonstrates my ability to do well in law school.
And this might sound ridiculous, but maybe I can take the baby bar in June or July of next year, and if I either do poorly or donít get reinstated, then I can retake the LSAT because I have to sit out two years anyway.
By the way, I am aware that law school just might not be my calling but I would like to keep my options open.
Thanks for reading my post and I would appreciate any advice.