Dropping Out and Reapplying

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Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

Post by ggocat » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:11 pm

Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:17 pm
I don't want my identity compromised.
There's a balance between maintaining a level of anonymity and having people sufficiently understand your situation to give helpful advice. The lack of details provided (regarding why you're so unhappy) made it difficult to give constructive advice. That's why people are responding "bullocks, CCN is fine," etc. You're not providing adequate context.

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Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

Post by app » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:59 am

Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Class of 2021 person here. I was admitted to H and a CCN. For idiosyncratic and psychologically twisted personal reasons, I chose the CCN. I first came to regret this decision in January or February of this year, and it has caused huge emotional and psychological problems for me ever since. I got median grades my 1L year, and have ended up with no offers after OCI. I am now considering a gap year--or dropping out entirely to reapply and hopefully go to H as I should have in the first place.

A gap year would give me another shot at OCI. I am not sure what went wrong during OCI. I believe it was a combination of small things; I was way less nervous than my classmates and I am naturally not very stiff and formal, and so I think I came across as not taking the interviews seriously or something. I also may have rambled too much at times. There were a couple questions to which I could have had better answers. I also had a previous career, albeit brief, and I think some firms may have had some doubts as to whether I was committed to law.

Should I take a gap year, I think the best job for me to do would be paralegal. It would show a commitment to wanting to be a lawyer and also to trying to fix whatever defeated me at OCI. That being said, if I managed to get a job in my previous career field, I would probably be able to make more money and I would be able to get my finances in better order before continuing law school.

Of course, before I get to the drop-out option, which I expect everyone will call me an idiot for considering, I have to address another option and ask a question about it. I could just take a job at a small or midsize firm or at a PI org/government, and then do OCI again as a 3L. My instinct is that working at a PI org is better. I think it’s a better narrative to say “I wanted to try PI, but decided to pursue big law now to help support my family and because of xyz reason about the PI work” than to basically admit I failed OCI the first time around and took a shitty job and now have to come back and try again. Am I right to think that? Has anyone succeeded doing either?

As I said, I don’t expect anything but warnings I am an idiot and other tough/mean straight-talk for thinking of dropping out and reapplying. After all, I would have like $100k in extra debt from this failed year and there is no guarantee H would admit me a second time around. Not to mention I heard I would have to be dissociated from my current school for at least a year prior to reapplying--if I can’t just drop out and reapply this cycle, I don’t think it’s a viable option. I’m getting old, I can’t wait that long, and am not sure what I would do with my self/life for that long. But I really hate the school I currently attend--passionately. I despise it. I like law school, and I want to be a lawyer, I just hate my school and feel like I'm in prison there. I don't want to go back, but I will if I have to.
i'm not a law student only prospective but i can see how it kinda see how one may get to the dilemma that you have. would you mind sharing your age and school in ccn?
i may have to make similar decision about school at some point and want to learn. even though from a law school perspective you may feel old but you may be amongst the youngest people in the workforce out there.

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