Oops I kind of meta’d? This turned out a lot longer than I expected…
I feel a lot of people misunderstand Sam’s motivation for leaving and going to college.
To me, his goal wasn’t necessarily to get a law degree. Or a degree in general. It wasn’t to find a girl to fall in love with and maybe marry one day. It really wasn’t to make lifelong friends, to forget hunting forever. It wasn’t to spite his father or leave Dean behind.
To me, he left and went to college so that he could gain some sense of control over his life.