starry eyed wrote:zacharus85 wrote:starry eyed wrote:feel free to tweak 'academic mode' to y'all's personal definitions but the fact is that an exam that you have to self-study for decides your outcome- so you probably should be in academic mode not 'i need to work and pay the bills ' mode.
how the fuck does working for a year improve your grades? some of you are just trying to justify your choice of taking off
False dichotomy - it's not 'work for one year' vs. 'no work.'
More accurately, the best answer is 'go to law school when you are at your peak ability and are sure you want to go down this road.'
For some, that's right out of college. Others, after a year. Still more, many more years after that. Can't say categorically one way or the other whether it affects your grades, but I'd be very surprised if it hurt in any situation, and in most it probably helps even just a little.
my sister has been out of school for 7 years, worked, and is noticeably dumber now. completely unhelpful anecdote but working for longer than a year seems like it would make you even rustier.
the only argument that can be made for it improving your grades is if you were burnt out by school, took a year break, realize work sucks, then got back interested in school
Or not, if you read upthread. You make a couple assumptions:
1. That people are hard workers in undergrad and not total drunken slackers who treat it like kindergarten
2. The working provides no positive experience related to good school habits
3. outside work experience is in no way relevant to law school subject material ever.
Regarding number 2 - If you develop a healthy work habit in your time out, you may be more focused to do things like doing the reading, going to class, outlining material, etc. It did that for me (fighting anecdata with anecdata! woo!). If you work at McDonald's and do nothing else with your life at all ever, you may indeed 'get rusty,' but no one seriously does that who is also interested in law school. Instead you may get better at a lot of peripheral skills that positively contribute like multi-tasking, professional writing, etc.
Number 3 is admittedly more rare - but in my case discovery consulting helped considerably with Civ Pro, and my personal interest in the case law beforehand helped me with reading comprehension efficiency later on.