Addressing this post as an honest request for help and not a humorless hoax, you haven't provided enough information for any reasoned advice...1) Why were you dismissed? If it was an academic dismissal for poor grades, have you identified the source of the trouble and come up with a solution? If it was a disciplinary dismissal that would impact potential bar admission, that's an even more significant concern.2) Why do you want to go back to law school? Is there a more affordable alternative that meets your goals? How committed are you to a career in the legal field?
As far as the type of legal work, I want to be involved in civil litigation. I wouldn't mind the hours or the stress involved in litigation.
You're right about Prof. Dellinger's class, which why most 1Ls are so stressed during their first year at Western State. Most students in every class, not just Prof. Dellinger's, do not receive a foundation point which is why the attrition rate is so high. Western State actually has "double attrition," meaning that students get dismissed after their first year for not having >2.0 and then even more students are dismissed after their third semester, midway through law school, for not receiving the required amount of "foundation points." The latter being the category that I fall in. I believe that the ABA only reports attrition rates of students after the first year, but I'm not 100% sure about that one.Oh, I absolutely do not want to get back into Western State's law program, even though I believe I would do much better. Western State does not care about their students. All they care about is keeping their ABA accreditation because they're unranked. Instead of changing teaching methods so students are better prepared for the bar, they punish their own students by dismissing so many of them. I wish I knew what I know now about Western State before I enrolled. Attrition rates never really crossed my mind before I started at Western State. I would never recommend to a prospective law student that he/she go to Western State.As far as what I have changed that will cause me to have a different result, I'll explain my success in a paralegal program and, if I can find a paralegal job, how working in the legal field has motivated me to do much better the second time around. My lack of focus at Western State, also having to take care my elder parents, played a role and I'll attempt to show to an admissions committee that between the time of my dismissal and the time of my admissions application that I am much more focused and am more motivated to do well in any law program. I plan on retaking the LSAT and obviously studying much harder and smarter to increase my score as much as I can. I'll still only apply to law schools in California but definitely not Western State, nor Whittier because I know people there who told me that their attrition is also high. I was recently dismissed so I still have a little less than two years to "rehab" myself so that I can get into a better law program.Any other ideas on what I should do? Constructive criticism is always appreciated.