Rlabo wrote:ImNoScar wrote:I think you're also underestimating how much a year off can help. True, you're not going to rise to upper management in a year, but holding a real job for a year makes you more mature and also makes you appear more focused.
Taking a year off may not be a good idea for a few reasons such as getting out of the studying mode and habit that I currently have. Disposable income is likely to make one decide not to go to law school. Going to school is a very different head/life style from working. One could argue that if some1 goes to work and then decides they don't want to go to law school than they don't really want it and shouldn't, and even though i know I want to practice law and don't want to concede that this is a problem I would have, human nature doesn't work like that. I really don't see my age as problem (truth be told ppl are usually surprised by my age fwiw) as yes one can look at it as young inexperienced and immature but another can see young driven and tenacious, it's how it's marketed at that point. For whoever said I shouldn't be mad from people saying retake, your right, but that's not what would upset me. It's more of degradIng comments that make no argument but just rely on appeals to emotion or whatever authority u think u may have E.G. Calling me an idiot and saying retake is a dumb post. Saying its a poor decision because of xyz you should retake is more than acceptable. I haven't been rude or nasty to any1 so thera no reason for that.
OP, you are arguing with a bunch of people who have already gone through this and seen how OCI works and what is and is not looked upon favorably in law school.
First off, law school is not like UG. Studying is different, social interactions are different (and you will have trouble making friends if you cannot socialize at the bar with people) and prospective employers couldn't give a shit less about your young age. Remember, this is a professional school, it is not undergrad part II. Every single employer I spoke to at OCI went out of their way to mention that they would rather have someone with 1-2 years work experience because those people are more mature and know how to interact in a professional environment. Can you overcome this? Yes, but you would need to be at the tip, top of your class and there is an 85%-90% chance you won't be. And again, none of these schools are schools where big law is guaranteed. You may get it, but you also may strike out totally and wonder what would have happened if you just waited a year and actually developed a few lines on your resume that big law hiring partners look for (i.e. WORK EXPERIENCE).
People you interview with are going to wonder whether you actually took this decision seriously and whether you are going to bolt in a few years because this was something you didn't think through. But as the special snow flake you think you are, and with the arrogance that only a 20 y/o college student could muster, you go ahead and ignore every single person here who has actually gone through this before. Because hey, what do we know? And by the way, your know it all, arrogant attitude is exactly the kind of thing that will get you dinged in interviews.
And remember, none of these schools are free, someone is paying for it, and shouldn't you make sure that whoever is paying is getting the best investment for their money? Don't be a total douche.
Good luck, I'm out.