I used to be the best.

I had the highest overall GPA throughout grade school, high school, and undergrad.I never received a single course grade below an A.Now I'm in my third year of law school, and I'm not even in the top 5% of my class.(I'm at least in the top 1/4, but my school doesn't reveal our exact rankings.It did, however, just announce the people with the 16 highest grades through their second year.) I feel like I don't even know myself anymore.I've certainly tried in law school, and I've gotten some good grades (and even a few A+s), but I'm no longer the best performer among my peers.Also, I don't have a job lined up for after I graduate, while many of my classmates do.I wonder what I could have done differently, if anything, and if I'll ever be my old self again.I also wonder if it's even worth trying at this point.Maybe I should just...I don't even know...something other than practicing law.
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KoalaTamer
Well, consider a couple of things (that you may already know, but if not--hey!)

Remember that most law school classes grade on a strict, strict bell curve that you've probably never faced at any level of school before now. I promise you--you're still the same person who made all those A grades. Sometimes the bell curve just isn't fair, but I suppose that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Also, I heard something once and it makes sense to me: a law school exam tests your ability to take a law school exam, which is a very particular skill. You can be exceptionally brilliant and not do well on a law school exam. Conversely, you might *just* (haha) be "rather bright" and do brilliantly on a law school exam. I guess the point is not to take things too much to heart.

You're also not alone when it comes to the crappy job market out there, especially for lawyers. If you end up getting what you consider to be a job that's not that glamorous, you're not a failure. That seems par for the course right now at all levels of law school. Sometimes it's just hard for the family/friends to understand that--they expect lawyers to be walking around with diamond-encrusted walking canes.
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SnappleFact
Want to be a big fish in a small pond again?

There is no shame in not being number one if you are giving it your all. There is always going to be someone smarter, faster, better than you at some areas welcome to the real world. If you want to study law then stick at it, sounds like you do really well at it. Top 25% sounds pretty good to me, 75% of your class want to be like you and get your grades. The job market is a bit well yeah shit at the moment but I'm sure there are a lot of law firms that would hire you with your grades. Just give yourself a break a bit more and things might seem a lot easier.

If you do want to be a big fish in a small pond again, you could drop out and go to community college. Although I don't know if they much in the way of law
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