I would like some help with this. I’m feeling a bit frustrated right now and I don’t know what the right course of action is for me.
I am currently enrolled in law school and I’m not particularly happy. It isn’t terrible; I do find some of the material intellectually stimulating. The problem is that I think I got into it for the wrong reasons. I don’t particularly want to be an attorney nor do I find legal studies all that engaging with some few exceptions. I do my work but I don’t particularly enjoy it and I can’t say I’m excited about my prospects after graduation.
Part of the problem, I believe, is that I came in believing I could convince myself to like it. I wanted to like it. It’s a good choice if that’s what you so desire. There were a number of other pressures which factored in, but I think that was a significant one.
I’ve been reluctant to change paths for a variety of reasons, but included among them is my desire not to look like a screw up or a failure. I don’t want to be seen as a quitter and this makes it hard to think about changing course.
So now I’m in law school and I feel like I’m blowing money and spending time training for something I’m sure I don’t want to do.
The thing is that what I really want to do is teach. I’ve wanted to for years. I enjoy academia and I find research interesting, but what I really would like to do is to teach. I probably should have sought out that path initially, but I didn’t and so now I’m left reconsidering.
In many respects I’m sitting here feeling terribly irresponsible because I want nothing more than to leave law school after this semester and start working my way towards a graduate program and eventually (I hope) a Ph.D so I could start teaching.
I have no certainty of actually getting into a graduate program (though it was suggested I start taking graduate courses now to boost my application) while on the other hand I am actually in law school and can count on that.
So, I’m sitting here wondering what to do. Stick with a program I don’t really enjoy and don’t particularly want to continue or take a risk and shoot for the program I really do want. Or take some unknown third option.
Have any of you been in similar circumstances? How did it work out?
On a side note: Will having been in law school and left for a Ph.D can’t against me for graduate admissions?