D-ROCCA wrote:Is there a scenario in which it would be beneficial for someone straight out of UG to forgo acceptance at a T14 school in order to gain work experience for a few years in the hopes of increasing job prospects at OCI? I'm in undergrad and have below-average softs, and am fearful that I might be the type of candidate that may strike out at OCI because I have little useful work experience to attract future Biglaw employers.
At the same time, it would suck to be admitted to a top school, decide not to go, and then not have the opportunity to attend said top school in the future. I currently have numbers to be competitive at T6 schools.
TL;DR version-should I pass on HYSCCNMVP to get work experience to improve my chances at OCI?
EDIT: for clarity/accuracy.
If you get HYS, then it's a no-brainer to go.
If you get CCN, it's still a pretty good idea.
If you get MVP, then I'd think about taking that year off.
If you have a CCN acceptance, see if you can defer for WE. As the economy improves, it is unlikely that the admissions cycle is going to get tougher.