paratactical wrote:Don't get me wrong, it fucking sucks, but if you can, waiting a year could be very profitable for you. In addition to having a year to get WE that might help your applications, you could attempt to retake the LSAT and further pay down any existing debt that you have. Having less debt, a savings, a better resume and a potentially better LSAT is all worth it even if your scholarship offers aren't dramatically different. And even if BC doesn't give you more money, you might stand a shot at getting into better schools.
edit: This is def my personal position as I have decided to delay law school several years so that I can have a baller resume, no debt and (hopefully) a baller LSAT instead of my mediocre score I got the first go round. IMO, it's a smart financial decision, but YMMV.
I agree with everything else you said, but I highly doubt that a single year of work experience really does anything for you. When do most people graduate college? The end of May? So between the time you start working (June if you're lucky enough to have a job lined up) and the time you need to start finishing up your applications and sending them in as early as possible (September-October), that's 3-4 months of work experience. 6 months at the most if you apply late. I refuse to believe that helps. Also, if you have a really good job, one that would really help your resume, you'd be a fool to stay only one year. Stay for the contacts, a letter, and some money. Taking one year off means that you're studying for the LSAT again while you adjust to post-college life, and have a few months of work experience before you apply. If you're serious about getting awesome WE and not just boosting your LSAT, you need more than a year.