Hi Anne and Derek, thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. I really appreciate it. A little more about me and my background in the legal field. I have my BA in Paralegal Studies. During my college years I volunteered at various law firms and clinics. I also have work experience in family law, PI, Workers compensation, DUI and Criminal Defense.
The CA accredited law school I'm attending in the city is a Part Time only night school (which is the main reason why the school is not ABA accredited) but within the city there is also a very well known and prestigious law school, which makes for high competition. My school is well known locally and involved with the community, courts, and has practicing attorneys and judges as teachers. However, compared to the other top tier law school in the city, my school is sometimes frowned upon by certain law firms and companies. I choose to attend the CA accredited non-ABA accredited school because fee's are affordable, I work full-time, location is convenient, and I have no plans to relocate outside CA. I also have no desire to work at a huge top law firm. I'm an entering student because I started in the Spring semester (February 2015). Beginning August I will take the doctrinal courses.
However, as I mentioned in my initial question, I know getting a higher LSAT grade is possible for me. As you may already know, LSAT score is not a deal breaker when applying for non-ABA CA accredited law schools. They focus more on your background, grades, and work experience. So, I'm not proud of the LSAT score I received and at the time I knew it wasn't going to be a deal breaker for me. But before I go any further into the school year and actually start the doctrinal courses I wanted to get some honest feedback. I spoke with practicing attorneys and judges before starting this school; but I feel that I'm not completely satisfied. Am I over-thinking this? Should I continue at this school and strive to be at the top 10 percent? Or should I withdrawal, study for the LSAT and hope to get into the one other law school here in the county?
Lastly, will the fact that I already took the LSAT and withdrew from law school affect my chances of attending another law school? I know that the other law school in the county will accept transfer students from my school after they've completed their first year and only if they're in the top 10% of their class. They also look at the LSAT score and GPA. I didn't get a good LSAT score because I knew it wasn't going to be determining factor in applying for this law school so, even if I make the top 10% in class, I'm not sure if my score will override everything else.
Thank you again!