Sandro wrote:I like all the people saying they don't regret going straight from UG, lol.
I'm with bk- for the majority of people there are nothing but positives to taking a year off+. Not only do you get full time work experience, you gain a different perspective, and your lsat score goes up. Sure, its a personal decision.
These are all assumptions. What if your LSAT was already higher than most people and you are well aware of what working full time is like? What if you already had humble upbringings? How is it that all these people claim that they hummed around in UG with bad habits are also claiming they were burned out? Maybe if you were immature in the first place you need that time or if you're uncertain about law. But the entire that one year off made me more mature is about as cliche ad the entire studying abroad made you understand the world shtick. Mind you I know and respect the various reasons people take time off for. Many of my friends are.
Again, the MAJORITY of 0Ls on this board have probably NOT worked full time. It is precisely about immaturity - not so much in the negative sense of the word, but more of the lack of perspective sense.
The main issue I have with people saying "I know I want to be a lawyer" is that being a lawyer is NOT like most other professions in this world in so far as non-lawyers have no idea what lawyers actually do for a living. It isn't like being a teacher or an airline pilot or a policeman. These professions are generally known to most lay people. Being a lawyer, especially a biglaw lawyer, is not like most people believe. You're telling me you really want to do document review for 70 hours a week, followed by a 60 hour week of creating a privilege log, followed by 70 hours of redacting producible documents? No, people don't think of these tasks when they think of being a lawyer. Being a lawyer isn't about debating others and crafting arguments. A portion of the job is about this, but the majority of the job is not. It the above scenario or it is reading and drafting contract language, negotiating over provisions that many of have never even considered, etc. The only thing people do know about being a biglaw lawyer is that they are well paid.
Also, the time demands are another factor students don't understand. Unlike school, if you pull an all-nighter you can usually sleep in late on the following day. If you pull an all-nighter in biglaw, you are still expected to show up at your desk by 9:30 and work like it is a normal day. You don't get to show up late or go home early. It is the day-in and day-out time demands that drive most associates to quit biglaw within 4 years.
And about gaining perspective - the kid who went on the semester at sea will still most likely have a far better understanding of the world than the kid who never went abroad. Semester at sea, like a the one year gap period, isn't meant to provide any "answers." It is about gaining perspective, whether it is a small dose or a large helping.