Q I am a 2L at a fourth-tier school. My grades aren’t spectacular—top 50%. Are my chances of ever having an awesome career and making at least enough money to pay off my student loans (and have some to spare) completely hopeless? Should I just drop out now?
A Slow down and take a deep breath. Having an awesome career and making money have nothing to do with where you went to law school or what your damn grades were.
Having said that, if your goal is to get rich working at a prestigious, high-paying law firm, you have absolutely no shot. Not out of law school anyway. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of great legal opportunities out there for you. Smaller, entrepreneurial firms would seem to make more sense than traditional, grade-sensitive firms. Government jobs present great opportunities, too. Not to mention great training. I have lots of successful friends who started out in the public sector. Some worked at the Manhattan DA’s Office, a few at the SEC, and one, Marc Korman, who began his career at the Chicago Public Defender’s Office.
Bottom line: If your goal is to be a lawyer, dropping out is stupid. You know what they call the person who graduates at the bottom of their law school class? A lawyer. So suck it up, study hard and graduate.