I'm at a school that ranks toward the bottom of the T14 in my second semester. In my first semester, I was slightly above median. I'm not going to do any better this semester and may even end up doing worse.My question: should I get out now? Law school is ridiculously expensive and, with salaries stagnating and possibly plummeting in the near future, it no longer seems worth it... particularly given that I'm not doing very well.I left a career as an engineer (semiconductor devices) to go into patent law. I was a researcher and I could probably go back to it. I'd only do that, though, if being in the median really means that I'd have poor career opportunities in patent law. I have already passed the patent bar and have 3 years of experience working as a patent agent prosecuting patent applications.
However, I could quit now and go back to making around $80k. That's not great and, of course, I could get laid off or something... but with law no longer a sure thing I'm questioning whether or not staying still makes as much sense as it used to. If I end up graduating in the middle of my class and taking a job that pays around $100k, I will have made a poor financial decision by staying in law school.
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