Law school dropout to Med School

Bottom line up front: Should I finish, even though I don’t want to be a lawyer?

Law school is three years total. I have now completed two years of law school, and did fairly well academically. However, it’s not giving me the satisfaction I was hoping for, and I’ve decided to pursue medicine. I was a registered nurse in the military before law school, and wanted more autonomy but didn’t think I had the academic chops to be a doctor - I have since gained some confidence and decided I need to try, so I’m starting a DIY post-bacc this summer.

Long story short - I got back into the healthcare game early into COVID while I was finishing my second year of school, and have gotten to work with some amazing doctors the last few months. I’m currently still in this role, love it, and don’t want to go back to law school.

I am a veteran and used part of my GI bill for these two years, and still have 19 months remaining. Because of this, I do not have any debt from the two years I chose to attend law school, so I have nothing to worry about paying off.

However, does it look bad to admissions committees to walk away 2 years in? Would it be more to my benefit to finish and have the doctorate than it would to walk away and dive into the premed process? Financially, it makes sense to me to walk away so I can save my GI bill months for med school tuition down the line.

Academically, it seems like a wasted investment to do 2 out of 3 years.

That’s great you don’t have to worry about paying off the student loan!! I would finish though. It’s only one more year and you will have JD. Whatever you decide to do, you will be asked why med school. It makes a lot more sense to the admission committee if you could explain the passion and transition you have gone through while studying law and how you want to contribute. Med school has many interesting students with diverse background. I believe your degree will help you make a better applicant.