So, I am a 1L considering dropping out of law school after I finish this semester, taking a couple of years off (personal reasons no need to go into detail) and reapplying to a different school. BTW my first semester grades were good, and I expect the next ones will be decent too.
My Dean of Students told me that the ABA has a policy that as long as you will complete your JD within 84 months of starting it, you will get credit for your first year completed if you reapply. In other words, I am class of 2011 now, so as long as I would graduate with the class of 2015, they would credit me for my first year at my current school, and I would restart law school as a transfer student/2L.
However, whether or not you get credit for the first year is supposedly at the discretion of each individual law school. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this? Is the 84 months just a theoretical policy that most schools really don't adhere to? I called one admissions office and they told me that if the student has been out for more than one year, they make them take 1L year over again, which makes me feel like probably most other schools take this view.
I know this is kind of an obscure subject, so not sure if anyone will have input, but thought I'd try anyway...