Mon 20 May 2013
Many students are not prepared for the difficulties they’ll face when they leave their home and family behind and head off to college. For one thing, most have never had to be responsible for themselves, including eating and setting a schedule. But even beyond that, the rigors of high school coursework are nothing compared to the mounds of homework and studying that college students face, not to mention the bar for quality of work set by teachers. And then there are financial concerns to contend with, as well as the constant distractions of extracurricular activities and social gatherings. It’s enough to throw even the most studious and reliable of kids off track. And you can multiply it all by a significant margin when it comes to law school, which is notoriously difficult. So it’s no surprise that plenty of students simply don’t make the cut, dropping out before they earn a degree. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that students fail to complete law school.
- Lack of funding. Earning a college degree is an expensive undertaking, but law school can be particularly pricy, depending on where you go (and the fact that you have to earn at least a master’s degree). So for many students the biggest issue is figuring out how to pay for college. And if you can’t get adequate scholarships, your student loans simply aren’t enough, your parents can only contribute a small amount, or you have trouble finding gainful employment, you might have to take some time off to save money before you can return to complete your degree.
- Homesickness. You wouldn’t be the first student to leave school and head home simply because you’re missing your family, your friends, and familiar surroundings. Being away from everything you know and everyone you love for the first time in your life can be hard, especially when you factor in all the stresses inherent to college life. So it’s not really that surprising that some students drop out to seek schooling opportunities closer to home.
- Bad grades. There are all kinds of distractions that can take you away from your studies, like socializing, partying, and so on. But you also might find that the classes you’re taking are tougher than you could have imagined – nobody said law school was easy. And if you’re unable to live up to GPA requirements you might not be able to stay in college.
- Job offers. It’s not that uncommon for students to receive job offers during their time in school that are simply too good to pass up. Suppose, for example, that you’re an athlete working towards a law degree. If you get drafted for a pro team, chances are good you’ll drop out in order to take the gig, knowing that you can always come back to school later on.
- Changing interests. In some cases, it’s not the difficulty of the program or the lack of money that causes students to drop out of law school; it may just be that their interests have changed. Tons of students enter academic degree programs only to realize, after a few classes, that they want to do something completely different with their lives. Whether they merely move to health law programs or they go far afield and opt for fashion design or eco-engineering, it’s not at all strange for college students to change their major midstream.