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Every Winter, between semesters and before the drop cutoff, countless law students ponder whether or not they should cut their losses and drop out of law school.
That thought is entirely reasonable. Getting back bad grades, or just the compounded misery of returning for yet another semester of torture via cold-calling and the driest reading this side of Moby Dick, is enough to make anyone eagerly look for a get-rich-quick-scheme type of way out. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't quit law school:
You're in law school for a reason. And no, the chances of you becoming a lawyer without finishing law school are not good. Yes, there are a few lawyers that have done it, but the hassle that comes with doing so isn't any easier than going to law school. So unless you've been an active paralegal or legal secretary for like a million years, you should finish law school.
If you're getting a significant discount on tuition or living expenses thanks to a scholarship or grant money, then your ROI might be too great to pass up, even if your end goal isn't to become a lawyer. Lawyering can be a gateway to countless other professions.
While those shooting for BigLaw drudgery and dollars might need to focus on maintaining the highest GPA possible, at the end of the day, depending on your goals, you just need to pass, and then pass the bar exam. Just because someone was a top performer in school, that doesn't mean they'll be a top performer in practice. But don't stop trying to get good grades, just don't worry so much so long as you're still passing.
Hating your peers is no reason to quit school. Yes, law school is disproportionately filled with confident individuals who enjoy arguing, raising their hands at the end of lecture to ask questions better suited for office hours or Reddit's legal advice subreddit, and will try to be nice to you in order to be your friend ... but that's no reason to leave school. Learning how to deal with or tolerate difficult peers will be a valuable skill that you can carry forward with you throughout your legal, or any, career.
You don't learn how to be a lawyer in law school. Well, unless you take specific classes, or do mentoring, or practicums or clinics, or other programs specifically designed to teach students how to represent clients. Even then, private practice, or even working for the government, is much different than the law school experience. So while law school may be a misery you want to be over, the work can be incredibly satisfying, challenging and stimulating.
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