A 1L at a low-ranked law school wrote me wondering whether he should continue or drop out. An excerpt:
I've been listening to other students, who are having second doubts and [saying] that we shouldn't lie to ourselves. We're at a bottom-ranked school and have little hope of passing the bar or getting employment after we graduate. If we truly were better, we would have gone to a better school. No one is here out of choice. I would normally attribute this pessimism to finals. I am also a bit peeved that they would sell themselves so short, and by extension, every individual student and professor at the school, but I do fear their assessments to be true. In short, I'm starting to think that my law school ranking t is already an evaluation of my legal career.
Hoo boy. I'd like to dodge this one. I can't answer this question for you. I'm not a lawyer any more, and don't expect to be again. I think there's a lot of snobbery in the profession that is ugly and silly but is undeniably influential. I will point you to what I've already written about dropping out of law school, back when I was a lawyer.
Here's my advice. Stick in there for the rest of the semester, take your exams, and then make a decision. Taking a semester off might not be a terrible idea, if your doubts and your debts are big. Spending that semester working for/with people who graduated from your law school and like what they do would be worthwhile, even if it's just one day a week. Your career services office might help you with this, but I think it's never a bad idea to assume the people running career services offices are totally incompetent. Instead I'd talk to the alumni relations people and see if you can get a list of folks who graduated from your law school 10 years ago and are still in the area. Get a phone book and call some of these folks, and see if they'll talk to you about their career trajectories, their satisfaction and their regrets. You might also talk to some folks who graduated 5 years ago, and see how the stories compare. I'm not sure any of that will be relevant to your individual circumstances, but it will give you some information that will help your instincts, I think. Better than an unknown chick on the Internet can.