Somebody just found my website with the query: "why should I stay in law school."
I don't know whether you should. If you're racking up big big debt you might be better off dropping out, because a lot of people end up chained to jobs they don't want to do just to pay that down. But if you're at a state school or have a big scholarship or are able just to write a check for the tuition, I bet you'll feel better about yourself if you stick it out. I dunno. The smartest guy in my 1L class dropped out a month into our 2L year; he's now a teacher and very happy.
At my book group meeting yesterday we were talking about the death penalty and the justice system. In response to someone's criticism of the legal system I pointed out that we ask a lot of it -- we ask it to be a deterrent, to provide uniformity and predictability and fairness in the punishment meted out for similar crimes, and we also ask it to provide mercy and leniency and a respect for the circumstances of the different individuals who end up as defendants. That's a lot to ask of the system. Anyway after I spoke up there was sort of a silence and then a bunch of questions and conversation about law -- one woman said, "Wouldn't it be cool to go to law school and just think about X" and someone else said, "I don't think the law is a very good deterrent, even though we sort of ask it to be," and someone else started talking about how complicated and confusing the insanity defense is and the whole concept of culpability. Anyway for a moment there I felt really proud of my legal education, that I had roamed around these subjects before, with smart people, and with some discipline of thought. That's a privilege -- it's fun to do and its' worthwhile, whether you practice law or not. Just being a citizen, thoughtful and reasonably engaged and informed about the way things work, well, a legal education is good preparation.
I don't know whether you should stay in law school or not. Why did you go? I don't think it has much to do with being a lawyer. I mean, if you want to be a lawyer you have to credential yourself appropriately but as the folks at De Novo recently discussed the legal education and the legal profession are pretty distinct experiences. If you don't like law school you may still like being a lawyer. If you love law school you may still hate being a lawyer. If you don't want to be a lawyer and you hate law school, you probably want to take a break, and maybe drop out entirely.