Alright, so are you saying that there's no point to going to law school if you finish at the bottom of your class?
It sounds like OP has no desire to be a lawyer. As a society we view UG as intrinsically valuable, but the difference in pay with a degree vs. without is much higher over a lifetime than law degree (from bottom of the class) to without. I'm not suggesting that everyone in the bottom of the class drop out. I am suggesting that OP, who doesn't really want to be a lawyer/be in law school/just went for having nothing else to do, should seriously consider dropping out. Assuming OP has no undergrad debt (which could be a big assumption), $150k in law school loan debt would require about $200k in total repayments over 10 years. OP's monthly payment will be $1726 over 10 years, and the financial aid calculator suggests that he needs an annual salary of $200k to pay it back while living comfortably. If OP uses 15% of salary to pay it back, OP still needs $150k salary to live comfortably.Add in the foregone income of between $40-60k per year for 2.5 more years -- $100k-150k. Law school will thus cost the OP $300-350k, and OP will need a biglaw salary to pay back the loans while living comfortably. This doesn't even factor in the opportunity for OP being 2.5 years higher on the job rung ladder by dropping out and getting a job now. If OP drops out now, OP could be in a much better financial position.Maybe the sacrifices are worth it if you really want to be a lawyer, but if you don't, then you should damn sure think twice about graduating at the bottom of the class and hoping to make $150k starting.
I got a 2.0 last semester, straight C's. I go to a law school ranked in the 30s - 40s. I got in because I took very easy classes in undergrad and I happen to take standardized tests well.I didn't try particularly hard until finals came around and generally struggled to pay attention in class. I would go weeks at a time in classes like civ pro where I wouldn't even take notes. I really don't hate law school because I find that I have tons of free time outside of class to do the stuff that I like to do. I generally don't believe that I can bring my grades up to even a 3.0 although I do think if I worked a little harder I could manage some I'm just generally freaked out that I have no passion for law school material and I really don't know that I will even like being a lawyer. Considering I will probably leave law school about 150,000 in debt, I'm thinking my best option is to just cut my losses now or if they will let me, take a leave of absence for a year and figure out what I want to do. To be honest, I don't know what I want to do. I came to law school because I thought I would make a good lawyer but now I feel like I keep going blindly ahead I would be making a big mistake. I also came to law school because I wasn't ready for the real world. I understand that I could still graduate with bad grades, pass the bar and make maybe 60,000 a year but I'm wondering if this is the right thing for me. I'm just in a panicked state right now and I'm also wondering if this is par for the course for students after their 1L semester. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
2 B-'s on a 3.0 curve isn't that big of a deal. One B+ or A- can pop you right back up.