- First: I took the LSAT in June, but didn't do as well as I wanted (164). I was thinking of re-taking in Oct., but started working at a law firm and haven't had much time to study (I work late until 8-9pm; and I spend weekends taking care of errands I couldn't do during the week, working 2-3 Saturdays, and taking some time to rewind).
- Second: I feel rushed to apply this cycle. I would rather take things slowly (and take the test in Feb a/o June 2013), rather than cramming and making the same mistake as the June LSAT. Also, I think I may still be burned out from cramming for June... I don't even want to touch LSAT material for at least another month or so.
- Third: I want to make the most of this job, and obtain two years of solid work experience here, so that I have tangible and concrete skills by the time I'm applying for attorney positions. At the mid-size firm I work in (and many firms nearby), most positions for junior associates/attorneys require 2 yrs. of legal experience, including experience as a paralegal/law clerk. After working here for a while now, this req. entirely makes sense, and I'd rather not start off in any associate position with the experience level/skills equivalent to that of an experienced paralegal in the firm, and potentially being seen as less competent than that paralegal. This is just my personal preference; I have seen this happen, and I want to do my best to not find myself in that position to begin with. Also, I'd definitely consider myself a quick learner, but something I learned while working here is that there are some things that you can't substitute for years of experience and familiarity with certain case types.
- Fourth: Travel! I was planning on using the summer before law school to travel to my heart's content. Money-wise, I've planned things out... and I've been looking forward to this for years. However I've had a change in financial circumstances that would make this trip unlikely to happen if I decide to apply this fall and start next fall.
For all the above reasons, I want to take an additional year off. What concerns me is losing momentum or drive. I have highly ambitious pre-med friends (who are doing some Masters or another before Med school), already in Med school, and friends in law school who think that this will be too much time off, and that I'll lose momentum or ambition. This worries me, maybe they are right. I am getting a little soft/too laid back here. I also don't have much of a social life here. Just moved to a new suburb area with family, a bit far from where we used to live; I don't know anyone here, although it doesn't matter since I'm working more anyway; I have lunch with co-workers but nobody really gets too close with each other here (except the interns lol); I think everyone is just nice enough to each other, but still keeps each other at an arm's length just to be safe. I see friends from my old place maybe once every few weeks, because of the distance and working our schedules out, so I can see us all drifting and hanging out irregularly.
What do you guys think? Should I just take the additional year off? I want to do that, but I guess I just have some hesitations. I seek your thoughts on this!