Making the decision to go to law school in the first place wasn’t one that I took lightly. In fact, I gave the entire process a good deal of consideration. I quickly discovered that many of my classmates had also not really thought the process through. While they were in law school for a variety of reasons, it seemed that many of my peers had failed to understand what being a lawyer actually meant.
Of course, when I dropped out of law school, I was glad to have escaped the financial pressures of tuition, housing and book costs. However, I was also relieved to have escaped the general atmosphere of the school itself. Unfortunately, I found the social and academic climate to be rather depressing.
Shortly after entering law school, I discovered that many of my classmates were in law school either because their family had pressured them or they had a parent or relative that was a lawyer. A surprising number of my peers decided to be a lawyer because they were obsessed with money and power. It soon became very clear that many of my classmates really didn’t see the legal profession as being much more than a three-year legal training program to make them wealthy. Somehow that just didn’t seem right to me. In fact, it seemed like a pretty empty and lackluster existence.
Unfortunately, it didn’t seem like the overall environment in law school was oriented towards genuinely helping others. I heard my peers talk a great deal about how much money they would earn being an intellectual property attorney or a trial attorney, but no one ever seemed to discuss being excited about the assistance that they would be providing to clients. I have always considered myself to be a fairly positive person, but when I was in law school, I began to feel that the world was reduced to some sort of machine. Life felt sort of sterile and lifeless. The people around me seemed quite robotic.
I feel that my decision to leave law school was one of the best that I have ever made. In fact, it began the process of opening up my eyes to seeing just how wonderful the world actually is! By spending some time in law school, I realized that life wasn’t supposed to be mechanical and lifeless, but was, in fact, about more than money. I realized that the experiences one can have are more important than money and status.
Dropping out of law school helped trigger a personal journey of discovery. I saw a glimpse of a life I didn’t want and, as a result, I feel that law school helped point me in the right direction. There is a great big world out there full of exciting adventures. Now that I am free from a career in the legal field and the enormous student debt that my law school education would have incurred, I can explore various options and truly learn to help other people.