Need Advice on Applying Now vs Waiting

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atlaswho?
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Need Advice on Applying Now vs Waiting

Postby atlaswho? » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:20 pm

I'm currently a senior applying to law schools and was planning on going straight from undergrad to law school but have been starting to debate if maybe taking a year off would be a good idea. My gpa is a 3.68 and lsat score a 168 so the year off would be more for traveling and gaining some real world experience. Some people have said taking a year off is recommending because it helps with admissions but other people have said I should still apply now and then defer for a year because admissions might ask why I didn't retake the lsat.

09042014
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Re: Need Advice on Applying Now vs Waiting

Postby 09042014 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:26 pm

atlaswho? wrote:I'm currently a senior applying to law schools and was planning on going straight from undergrad to law school but have been starting to debate if maybe taking a year off would be a good idea. My gpa is a 3.68 and lsat score a 168 so the year off would be more for traveling and gaining some real world experience. Some people have said taking a year off is recommending because it helps with admissions but other people have said I should still apply now and then defer for a year because admissions might ask why I didn't retake the lsat.


Admissions is not going to ask why you didn't retake. Wait, it's only getting easier each year.

florida1949
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Re: Need Advice on Applying Now vs Waiting

Postby florida1949 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:10 pm

OP: One year ago, I was in the same position you're in now. I decided to "take a year off" (interning), and as of now I feel like it was absolutely the best decision.

I hadn't taken the LSAT yet but was PT'ing mid-160s. After I finished undergrad, I had a lot of free time and was able to study my ass off for the LSAT and subsequently got a much better score than I would have had I taken it my senior year.

I am also able to do a bunch of stuff (learning a language, traveling, etc) that I would probably be unable to do if i was in law school/working as a lawyer (aka the rest of my life)




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