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Coping with Law School Dismissal

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When she first got news of her academic dismissal from law school, Alaina Alexander said, "It was as though all of my past rejections swirled up and slapped me hard in the face."

"At the time, I had invested a lot of my personal identity into being a law student. That's the nature of the law school environment…After receiving the law school 'ding' letter, I was left without a sense of who I was as a person, and to my dismay, a majority of my social circle disappeared."

A law school student facing academic dismissal confronts a confusing and turbulent point in his or her academic career, but salvaging that career can still be a possibility.

Almost no one will deny that leaving or taking a break from law school is a stressful and traumatic experience. As a great deal of status is attached to the legal profession, a dismissed student may begin to feel inferior to law school peers. Oftentimes, friends' and family members' well-intended inquiries will intensify worries and confusion about what to do next.

"Rejection is never an easy thing to deal with," said Alexander, "but I learned that it could be a beacon for other opportunities."

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