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What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:47 pm

*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby mukol » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:13 pm

How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:39 pm

mukol wrote:How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.


Once, taking it once more but won't take it again after that. Also, wondering why that is relevant to the question I asked.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby kellyfrost » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:41 pm

brinicolec wrote:
mukol wrote:How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.


Once, taking it once more but won't take it again after that. Also, wondering why that is relevant to the question I asked.


He is probably suggesting that you take that year and time to study for and retake the LSAT, with the hopes that your score goes up.
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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:42 pm

kellyfrost wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
mukol wrote:How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.


Once, taking it once more but won't take it again after that. Also, wondering why that is relevant to the question I asked.


He is probably suggesting that you take that year and time to study for and retake the LSAT, with the hopes that your score goes up.


Well I'm not retaking any later than September so that still leaves quite an amt. of time for me to fill with some sort of activity.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby kellyfrost » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:00 pm

brinicolec wrote:
kellyfrost wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
mukol wrote:How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.


Once, taking it once more but won't take it again after that. Also, wondering why that is relevant to the question I asked.


He is probably suggesting that you take that year and time to study for and retake the LSAT, with the hopes that your score goes up.


Well I'm not retaking any later than September so that still leaves quite an amt. of time for me to fill with some sort of activity.


I'm not sure he knew the specific dates and plans you had in mind, which is probably why he asked a question.
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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:10 pm

Well, since you seem fairly settled on the LSAT question: what do you want to do with your time?

I assure you, there is no right answer for this question. Volunteer, travel the world, work at Best Buy. Pick something you want to do and do it.

Literally the only thing you can do to improve your law school chances is focus on preparing for your LSAT retake. Pretty much everything else on your application is set in stone now, so that should be your main concern.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:15 pm

kellyfrost wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
kellyfrost wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
mukol wrote:How many times have you taken the LSAT?

Serious question.


Once, taking it once more but won't take it again after that. Also, wondering why that is relevant to the question I asked.


He is probably suggesting that you take that year and time to study for and retake the LSAT, with the hopes that your score goes up.


Well I'm not retaking any later than September so that still leaves quite an amt. of time for me to fill with some sort of activity.


I'm not sure he knew the specific dates and plans you had in mind, which is probably why he asked a question.


Yeah, and sorry if I came off snippy to anyone! I was still in Twitter debate mode after having an intense discussion about whether or not the fact that some black women say negative things about black men is an excuse for black men to say degrading things about black women.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:17 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:Well, since you seem fairly settled on the LSAT question: what do you want to do with your time?

I assure you, there is no right answer for this question. Volunteer, travel the world, work at Best Buy. Pick something you want to do and do it.

Literally the only thing you can do to improve your law school chances is focus on preparing for your LSAT retake. Pretty much everything else on your application is set in stone now, so that should be your main concern.


Yeah I just don't think December LSAT would be smart for me considering that I probably won't to apply earlier in the cycle to counteract my lower GPA.

And I was mostly worried about if there's anything I SHOULDNT do, not about what to do to make my application look better. For instance, I've seen mixed opinions on whether or not law schools don't like when the students have been pre-exposed to law.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby mukol » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:20 pm

brinicolec wrote:
cavalier1138 wrote:Well, since you seem fairly settled on the LSAT question: what do you want to do with your time?

I assure you, there is no right answer for this question. Volunteer, travel the world, work at Best Buy. Pick something you want to do and do it.

Literally the only thing you can do to improve your law school chances is focus on preparing for your LSAT retake. Pretty much everything else on your application is set in stone now, so that should be your main concern.


Yeah I just don't think December LSAT would be smart for me considering that I probably won't to apply earlier in the cycle to counteract my lower GPA.

And I was mostly worried about if there's anything I SHOULDNT do, not about what to do to make my application look better. For instance, I've seen mixed opinions on whether or not law schools don't like when the students have been pre-exposed to law.


Get your LSAT up and only a few schools will care what you did after your BS/BA.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby jfiaff » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:46 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:And I was mostly worried about if there's anything I SHOULDNT do

Don't get arrested. That's always good.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby Nachoo2019 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:11 pm

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby bretby » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:30 pm

brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:09 pm

bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby mukol » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:23 pm

brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


What's your beef with Wyoming? Have you seen the climbing there? Seriously. Wyoming is like Colorado, but not full of Denver.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:33 pm

mukol wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


What's your beef with Wyoming? Have you seen the climbing there? Seriously. Wyoming is like Colorado, but not full of Denver.


Lol, I'm a city person and also not very outdoorsy. Also not a huge fan of winters there.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby bretby » Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:35 pm

brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


How can you not have any interest in any fields that have entry level positions? All fields have entry level positions. And why do you need to stay in Wyoming?

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:53 pm

bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


How can you not have any interest in any fields that have entry level positions? All fields have entry level positions. And why do you need to stay in Wyoming?


Well, my interests are psychology and/or law. Neither of those are really "entry-level." And financial reasons basically.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby bretby » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:03 pm

brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


How can you not have any interest in any fields that have entry level positions? All fields have entry level positions. And why do you need to stay in Wyoming?


Well, my interests are psychology and/or law. Neither of those are really "entry-level." And financial reasons basically.


Well, there's working as a paralegal or office assistant in law, and I'm not sure what aspect of psychology interests you, but there are entry level admin jobs at social services agencies, etc. You may have to think .05mm outside the box.....

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby loomy78 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:09 pm

How much would one extra year of work experience matter in applications? I've worked for a year now and hate my job but the paycheck is pretty good. Contemplating quitting to study for the LSAT and then moving to a cool city to enjoy myself before law school/just stay in cool city and bartend for the rest of my life.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby anyriotgirl » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:22 pm

loomy78 wrote:How much would one extra year of work experience matter in applications? I've worked for a year now and hate my job but the paycheck is pretty good. Contemplating quitting to study for the LSAT and then moving to a cool city to enjoy myself before law school/just stay in cool city and bartend for the rest of my life.


I thought you wanted to be a consultant now
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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby loomy78 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:25 pm

anyriotgirl wrote:
loomy78 wrote:How much would one extra year of work experience matter in applications? I've worked for a year now and hate my job but the paycheck is pretty good. Contemplating quitting to study for the LSAT and then moving to a cool city to enjoy myself before law school/just stay in cool city and bartend for the rest of my life.


I thought you wanted to be a consultant now


lol i am a "consultant" but it's a shitjerb and i need an exit plan. im not an actual management consultant

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby brinicolec » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:01 pm

bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
bretby wrote:
brinicolec wrote:*If you're one of the people that lurks on here and reddit (like me), this is a repost from something I put on reddit so sorry for repetitiveness*

So I will be applying this cycle (assuming all goes according to plan) and graduated this May. I know a lot of ppl talk about employment but what should I be doing with my gap year? Is volunteering at a firm or something law-related recommended? Can it just be any employment? I obviously would just get something that would allow me to only be there a year (probably waitressing or bartending because I, oddly enough, generally like it and it's good money).

I originally wanted to see if I could become involved with an Innocence Project office but unfortunately there aren't any where I'll be (Wyoming).

Any recommendations?


The best thing to do is to get an entry-level job in a field that interests you and where there is the possibility for growth (so probably not waitressing/bartending), and see what happens. Don't go into this thinking it is a "gap year" because then you are unlikely to truly invest in whatever you do. Law school will always be there.


I don't really think that's doable because I dont have any interest in any fields that have entry-level positions so I'm not looking for somewhere I have potential to get promoted or anything, ESPECIALLY not in Wyoming.


How can you not have any interest in any fields that have entry level positions? All fields have entry level positions. And why do you need to stay in Wyoming?


Well, my interests are psychology and/or law. Neither of those are really "entry-level." And financial reasons basically.


Well, there's working as a paralegal or office assistant in law, and I'm not sure what aspect of psychology interests you, but there are entry level admin jobs at social services agencies, etc. You may have to think .05mm outside the box.....


I'm aware I could do paralegalism or office assistant, that's why I asked how law schools view working in law before going to law school. Regarding social services, I don't think so. I understand they do important work but I also feel weird about some of it at times so it's never been on my list of interests. My primary interests are mood disorders and African-American psychology.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby oidsedidy » Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:55 pm

This is of course anecdotal, but the number 1 student at my law school was a paralegal for several months before 1L began. This person crushed every doctrinal class. You might consider a similar path.

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Re: What to do with a gap year?

Postby cavalier1138 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:08 am

oidsedidy wrote:This is of course anecdotal, but the number 1 student at my law school was a paralegal for several months before 1L began. This person crushed every doctrinal class. You might consider a similar path.


That is almost the most ridiculous line of reasoning I've seen on this site (sorry, you got narrowly beaten out by the idiot who was saying that we shouldn't prosecute DUIs).



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