How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

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How long did you take off before law school

I didnt
16
19%
1 year
16
19%
2 years
15
18%
3 years
11
13%
4 years
8
10%
5+ years
17
20%
Im 65 and thinking maybe next year
1
1%
 
Total votes: 84

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How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby blah... » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:59 am

So far Im at one, but will most likely do two :P

Are you glad you took the time off? Do you wish you took more time off or less?

ANNNNDDD GO!
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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby achilles » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:00 pm

taking one year off, mainly because i needed my senior year grades included in my gpa. i'd be willing to defer another year if i got a full ride as incentive...

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Ginj » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:03 pm

On my third. It gives you a good amount of perspective and motivation to go back to school and do well. I highly recommend it.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Moxie » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:16 pm

Make a poll?

It would definitely be interesting to see.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby blah... » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:20 pm

Moxie wrote:Make a poll?

It would definitely be interesting to see.



Done

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby cinefile 17 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:22 pm

Moxie wrote:Make a poll?

It would definitely be interesting to see.


I agree. Especially considering some of the trends that frequenters of TLS seem to exhibit (higher likelihood of being in the top or your class, higher likelihood of attending a top law school, ect.---BTW I know these are debatable). It would also be interesting to see if there are any trends as far as taking time off.

Edit- Of course, this thread is also more likely to be clicked on by people who have taken time off

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby blah... » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:24 pm

cinefile 17 wrote:
Moxie wrote:Make a poll?

It would definitely be interesting to see.


I agree. Especially considering some of the trends that frequenters of TLS seem to exhibit (higher likelihood of being in the top or your class, higher likelihood of attending a top law schools, ect.---BTW I know these are debatable). It would also be interesting to see if there are any trends as far as taking time off.

Edit- Of course, this thread is also more likely to be clicked on by people who have taken time off



It should be up there now... is it not?

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby cinefile 17 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:25 pm

Yup, late reply. Thanks.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:47 pm

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Adjudicator » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:49 pm

I graduated UG in 2006, and I'm planning to start law school next fall. Previous poster was right, it really gives you the motivation to go back to school. I don't even think I would have been ready for this undertaking straight out of UG.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby deadhipsters » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:54 pm

I will have taken four years off. I am glad I did, otherwise I would have graduated in this midst of this giant economic downturn. I feel sorry for my friends who did. Plus I got to travel, live in cool places, and save up about 20,000 dollars. Overall, I would say I made the right decision. In addition to that, my work experience as a paralegal has steered me away from Biglaw altogether. And as other posters have said, I am far more motivated to do well. Nothing will make you want to succeed like working an entry level job for several years.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby wwaideli » Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:54 pm

agreed, I'll be out 4 years when I go back this fall. I'm definitly more motivated now. I applied after undergrad and turned it down for a job offer in financial services. At the time getting a nice salary seemed better than taking out loans. Now in my 2nd post graduation job (since half of my first company was laid off thanks to the reccession) I know that I'll work harder than any incoming UG and will have a leg up on them with the job experince when it comes time to interview with firms (all of my friends who either just graduated or are in their final year say that prior work experince is a huge factor for firms this year).

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby r6_philly » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:38 pm

This is my first years out, but I am in my 30's so what should I vote? 65 and thinking?

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby jarofsoup » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:40 pm

Two. And its bloody long enough. It sucks out here. Not a lot of work.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:41 pm

I did 5 years; I think 3-5 years is ideal, since it's enough time to really get a lot of real-world experience, but not so long that you get set in a particular way and have trouble adjusting to a new environment (or are too old to get the most economic advantage out of a law degree).

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby 09042014 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:43 pm

jarofsoup wrote:Two. And its bloody long enough. It sucks out here. Not a lot of work.


You are going to love the legal market.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby NonTradHealthLaw » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:44 pm

10 from undergrad, 8 from grad.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:55 pm

Was really tempted by the 65+ option...it'll have been 10 years from UG and 1 year from most recent M.A.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Lwoods » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:02 pm

Adjudicator wrote:I graduated UG in 2006, and I'm planning to start law school next fall. Previous poster was right, it really gives you the motivation to go back to school. I don't even think I would have been ready for this undertaking straight out of UG.

Same here, and I agree.
Beyond the motivation, I think I also have a much better grasp on how the world works now. Perhaps many UGs aren't as sheltered as I was, though.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby jarofsoup » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:13 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
jarofsoup wrote:Two. And its bloody long enough. It sucks out here. Not a lot of work.


You are going to love the legal market.



I intern in a law firm I know its rough, but I am one of those optimists.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:20 pm

I'm glad I came to my senses and took a year off to retake/reapply.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby ATR » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:49 pm

I'm applying this cycle straight out of UG. I considered working a year or two with the organization I'm employed by while enrolled full-time, but the lost earning potential was too much for me to give up. Plus, I'm eager to get started.

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Re: How many years did you/ are you taking off before law school

Postby Sandro » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:29 pm

I took a year off and felt it was good because I got to prep a lot more, worked a job that was pretty cool, and got a break from taking a ton of UG classes to make up for bad first two years. I think I would have burned out very quick if I went last fall.




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