Yeah, it's tough to advise OP to stay in law school solely for a potential resume bump with non-legal jobs...
Quote from: Stole Your Nose! on January 27, 2009, 09:38:52 AMYeah, it's tough to advise OP to stay in law school solely for a potential resume bump with non-legal jobs...Agreed, but I think it is a fair point to consider.
While I agree with the above poster.... Barely legal is hardly a reputable source. It was two dudes that went to a TTT and graduated bottom half of their class. Do you really expect much there?
Two of my best friends went straight to law school after undergrad, hated it, and dropped out after a semester. One was doing very well (7th in her class after 1st semester), one was doing somewhat poorly. That was 10 or 11 years ago (yes, I'm Old) and they've both gone on to have lovely, fulfilling lives. Sure, paying the debt from a semester of expensive school that didn't end up yielding a degree sucked, but I don't believe that either has ever regretted the decision to pull the plug. I personally think that that year or so after college is one of the more difficult in our lives. It's tempting to avoid the big questions by aimlessly continuing your education until answers, like, fall out of the sky or something. And frankly, that works for some people. For me, it made much more sense to just get out there and face it all.
I have basically the exact same story as you. I made the tough decision and dropped out of law school. I realized that being a lawyer was going to be a poo life, and very few people were actually 'wired' to enjoy legal work. I definitely am not one of them. Since dropping out (only a few months ago, dropped out mid semester from the U of U) I've got a job with an internet marketing firm and I love it. I can guarantee I'll end up being better financially off because I'm doing something that fits me. I found law school to be a joke. The case method of learning is the biggest *ucking sham I've ever run into. I quickly realized that I was under a massive delusion that law and law school was some admirable thing, when in fact it's just not true. Law school was a joke, and people who really love studying the law are by nature a little backwards. I'm not trying to persuade either way, just trying to lend a helping hand. Quitting law school was the best decision I could have made. I can't imagine 'sticking it out.' It would have been absolutely ridiculous for me to do that.
Quote from: Ninja1 on January 28, 2009, 11:04:29 AMQuote from: Stole Your Nose! on January 27, 2009, 09:38:52 AMYeah, it's tough to advise OP to stay in law school solely for a potential resume bump with non-legal jobs...Agreed, but I think it is a fair point to consider.Bad advice. You will only be overqualified for jobs that you could have got anyways without a J.D. and will have to convince employers that they should hire you IN SPITE of you having a J.D. If you don't believe me, check out the authors of the blog Barely Legal. There are some posts on there about one of the authors who pursued a non-legal career and met a lot of resistance because of his J.D.Here is a great post from the author about how a JD still makes you an entry level candidate and the resistance he had to overcome to get a non-legal job: http://barelylegalblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/finding-non-legal-job.html