Big Dog wrote:
IMO, all top law schools should require work experience, just like top MBA programs. It is one thing to sit in a torts class at the age of 21/22, with mommy/daddy paying all the bills, and quite another to sit in it after you have paid your own bills for a couple of years.
I sort of agree with the spirit of this idea, but for an MBA program the requirement of work experience is practical. Much of b-school instruction is about applying what you learn in your cases to real life situations you lived through in a professional environment. If you don't have any WE, the education will be too theoretical to be useful. You also will immediately invite the scorn of your fellow classmates if every comment you make begins with "If I were ever in this situation..."
For LS I don't see a strong connection between the pedagogy and work experience. You are learning an independent body of knowledge that exists regardless of your ability to apply it to your life. Of course, one of the biggest rites of passage in life is striking out on your own, so anyone who has been through that will necessarily have a bit of a different perspective. I just don't think you need it to be a great law school student.
I am old as hell in LS terms (over 30) and I do have some regret about not going sooner, but I feel better about going now because I know exactly what I want. If I had gone K-JD, I wouldn't have had a clue what I was doing there. LS is an expensive place to go to find oneself.
Sorry for the essay...OP, please don't let the idea that you're losing a year keep you from your optimal outcome. If you really want NYU now, by all means go, but if you'd like one more peek at other options, you are not doing anything crazy by taking another year.