Law school (and beyond) worries
August 31, 2011 5:23 PM Subscribe
I am a rising 2L at a T6 school. My first year grades were really bad, and I'm trying to figure out my future. Many snowflake extras inside.
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So, I'm fortunate enough to have gotten a really good scholarship that's not contingent on my grades (pretty much rock bottom of the curve). I was also fortunate enough to get a firm job my 1L summer, which I used to pay off some of my loans. Worst case scenario (i.e. no job), I'll be graduating $48k in debt (no undergrad debt b/c I went to a public uni).
I initially went to law school with the plan of going into the government and working on public policy (big politics buff), but didn't really figure out the details beyond "a law degree would be helpful". I'm still not really sure what such work would entail, or whether I would enjoy it/be any good at it. Consequently, I figure it's a good idea to have other legal careers options available.
Except that 1) I'm not sure I like the other legal jobs (didn't really enjoy the firm, and felt like an idiot a lot; firm didn't invite me back) and 2) I feel like my grades may block off my options.
In the case of (1) I'm not sure if I feel that way b/c my grades have created a bad association with the law, or b/c I actually don't like the work of a lawyer. Either way, I've been unmotivated (but I did manage to get 2 callbacks from firms - I interview well). For (2) I've hired a tutor to help me improve, but I'm worried I'll screw up again (low grades have shaken my confidence).
Sorry for the length, but this has been causing me considerable stress; I've even had nightmares everyday for the past couple of weeks, and I've never had that happen before. Pretty much any advice is welcome ("drop out and do x instead"; stay and do y", etc). Thank you all so much!