Why I Left Law School | Story Time!!

Leaving USD Law was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it was the right choice for me. If you guys have any questions at all, be sure to leave them below in the comments 🙂

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P.s. sorry about the audio volume/my roommates doing dishes in the background hehe



  1. Too bad. I got to this vid by accident. I said too bad, because you seemed to be the exact kind of people the world would need as a lawyer. Caring for the least among us is very rare these days.

  2. Whatup, Brother.
    I graduate from law school, and I refuse to take the bar,
    because the US Constitution is classist, racist, and genocidal.
    Since, I learn about the Law of Earth and Heaven.
    Amidst this, amidst the interest of World Affairs and community-building…
    Confucius teaches us–
    Songs, Stories, Rituals, Ethics,
    are the foundation of Society, Civilisation, and Relationship.
    Indeed, how law, justice, and harmony are substantiated
    generation after generation.
    Thus, I invite you to consider being a storyteller.
    A teller of old stories, with new vision, and multicultural expression.
    1 Love And Peace,
    जिצורי Peter,
    With अΣÖאن冬宮.

  3. I’m srsly thinking of leaving law school, so I really needed this kind of youtube clip. Thank you for sharing your experience. Knowing how tough decision this is, I really support your decision of quitting law school and becoming an actor. Wish you all the best. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for sharing. I just started law school a few weeks ago and I am learning that this really is not for me. I love what im learning, the classes and topics are interesting, but im starting to see that unless you are able to land (or even want to land) a high paying corporate job after you graduate, the debt you incur is simply not worth it. I know of a 3L at my law school who will be 180k in debt after she graduates and her desired job position practicing law after she graduates is averaged at $60k a year. It is sad to say that you can land a job making more than that without a JD and that just blew my mind, honestly. Not that money is most important with a job, but I don't want to be in debt for the rest of my life, potentially paying off student loans when im retired. She may never be able to fully pay that off with interest capitalizing.

    If law school isn't for you, whatever you're passionate about, there are other ways you can be impactful if practicing isnt for you. Some law schools also offer a Master's degree in Legal Studies, which is for learning the law for non-lawyering jobs. The degree is a fraction of the price of a JD and can be completed in 16 months. You incur less debt, learn the law, and can apply it to any job that you want. Just a suggestion for anyone who is considering leaving a JD program but is conflicted because they want to learn the law. A lot of people want to get a JD and don't plan on practicing after, but the advice I got the most was that unless you plan on practicing, its probably better that you don't get a JD. I know that leaving law school is a difficult choice, and you may be worried about what others will think, but dont be afraid to follow your gut and let go of what isnt for you. At the end of the day you're the one who has to go through that program and work that job everyday, its much more worth it to be doing what makes you happy.

  5. I was also at USD law school with plans of focusing on immigration law. I left after a few weeks during my first semester. Glad I came across your video. Would of been nice to cross paths during school because I had a lot of the same concerns you had but since I started during the pandemic it was hard to meet other students. Are you still in the San Diego area?

  6. I really appreciate the video. Gave me insight oh whether or not I should apply to law school. What is the name of the song in the background?

  7. Me!!! I’ve always wanted to be an “immigration lawyer” graduated w b.a in legal studies but then before law school I got a job working as a legal assistant n I didn’t realize how DIFFERENT it rly is than what I thought it would be and how much money immigrants have to pay in a private law firms, and how yes you have to work many other areas of law in order to make enough money to do immigration and just how crabby all these lawyers are working 9+ hrs a day behind screens. My biggest suggestion to anyone is before u go to law school definitely try and get a job working for a law firm and see if it’s still something you’re interested in!

  8. Omg!! I’m not leaving law school, but I feel just like you. I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees it. Every lawyer (and professor) I speak to thinks the focus is money. I don’t tell people my goal for completing law school anymore because they can’t understand why a person would actually use a law degree to actually help people without the motivation being money. It shows me why the world is the way it is though. 🤷🏾‍♀️

  9. John, thank you for this. I, too had a similar experience this past year with law school during the pandemic and wanted to go into immigration law, etc. but one semester in I realized that this was not for me. I’ve yet to post my own video on this same subject but your video is inspiring ! Go forward with your true passions and what truly makes you happy 🙂

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