Originally Posted by mafoofan
I am very happy with the personal aspects of my life--at least, the ones I can control for. However, I'm not so happy with the professional path I took. I actually really don't like being a lawyer. I hate it, to be frank. Yet, I went that way because I wanted to mildly rebel against a family of doctors and saw "Time to Kill" in middle school. I changed a lot between 13 and 22, but didn't inspect my aspirations. I merely re-shaped the notion of what my future life as a lawyer would be like, veering further and further from reality. Amongst other things, I wish I had given more consideration to art, design, architecture, and philosophy. I have raw talent in visual arts, but never really nurtured it. My professors in college wanted me to do a philosophy PhD--hell, some had close connections with places like Princeton and NYU (philosophy hotbeds) and suggested they could get me far. Everyone was disappointed when I told them I was going to law school. My favorite professor, something of a mentor to me, totally lost interest in talking to me afterward. He was pretty direct about what he thought of "legal scholarship." Now I know what he means. What's most tragic in retrospect is that I had tangibly demonstrated the ability to excel at art and particularly philosophy, and I really loved immersing myself in them, yet I wound up taking the "safe" route to a professional career I have exceedingly little interest or talent in.
What advice would you give to a 2L in this position? Stick it out until graduation and then try to do something else? Drop out now? I'm at a top 20 law school if that matters, but I definitely feel like I should be doing a philosophy or classics PhD.