I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

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I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby suhdude » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:37 pm

I have a 3.87 and a 169 and got into some good schools this cycle, but I am having second thoughts about accepting any of the offers. My GPA has gone up every semester, including 4.0s the past 4 semesters, and I can probably get another one this semester. My final 3 PTs before my LSAT (I took it in September) were 171,172,171. I decided to not retake in December, but I'm having second thoughts now. The computer virus game killed me on the September LSAT because I interpreted the statement wrong (still think it was horrible wording btw) and I ended up getting 5 questions wrong on that game. I normally get 0-2 wrong on the entire LG section, and I know that I can hit 172+ if I take a year off and retake this June. That would give me a slight chance at HYSC, as well as more money at the other T14. Did any of you go through a similar predicament? I can probably find a job as a financial advisor in my town for the year, so I won't be languishing away.
oh btw I'm a senior graduating in May with a double major in economics/finance and a math minor

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby Platopus » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:14 am

suhdude wrote:I have a 3.87 and a 169 and got into some good schools this cycle, but I am having second thoughts about accepting any of the offers. My GPA has gone up every semester, including 4.0s the past 4 semesters, and I can probably get another one this semester. My final 3 PTs before my LSAT (I took it in September) were 171,172,171. I decided to not retake in December, but I'm having second thoughts now. The computer virus game killed me on the September LSAT because I interpreted the statement wrong (still think it was horrible wording btw) and I ended up getting 5 questions wrong on that game. I normally get 0-2 wrong on the entire LG section, and I know that I can hit 172+ if I take a year off and retake this June. That would give me a slight chance at HYSC, as well as more money at the other T14. Did any of you go through a similar predicament? I can probably find a job as a financial advisor in my town for the year, so I won't be languishing away.
oh btw I'm a senior graduating in May with a double major in economics/finance and a math minor


I think the GPA consideration should be marginal, at best, since realistically there isn't a ton of improvement you can make even with 4.0's. That said, a 3.87 is still really good, but I don't see getting a 3.9 making THE difference (cue posters referencing MYLSN info). IMHO I would recommend taking a year or two off for reasons that have nothing to do with law school. 1. It's good to get out of school after 15-17 years. 2. While working full-time presents its challenges, this is the best time to pick up new hobbies, read books for pleasure, travel, etc. Take advantage of it. 3. Law school will always be there, and there is almost no down-side to taking a couple of years off. In most cases, taking time off and getting WE will make you a more attractive candidate.

Considering that you have very viable alternatives, I would definitely take at least a year off. Work, make money, discover a little about yourself, and if at this point next year you feel like law school might still be your path, retake and see where it gets you. Just my $.02

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby pyramidenergy888 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:02 am

Sounds like you have everything to gain by waiting a year... why rush?

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby suhdude » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:08 am

My big worry is that that schools I was accepted to this time around won't accept me next cycle. Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby LoganCouture » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:20 am

suhdude wrote:My big worry is that that schools I was accepted to this time around won't accept me next cycle. Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?


Shouldn't be an issue at all, especially because you can write a Why X when you reapply saying that you love the school but realized you wanted to get some full-time work experience before committing to law school.

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby FEDRESRV » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:47 pm

I have a 3.87 and a 169 and got into some good schools this cycle, but I am having second thoughts about accepting any of the offers.


What schools? What are their scholarship offers? It's difficult to advise you without this information.

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Postby Mr_Chukes » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:12 am

suhdude wrote:My big worry is that that schools I was accepted to this time around won't accept me next cycle. Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?

That happens they might waitlist you since you turned them down last year. It happened to someone I know.

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby Dovaking » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:39 pm

suhdude wrote:My big worry is that that schools I was accepted to this time around won't accept me next cycle. Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?


If they are throwing cash at you now, this may be a problem. But, although I came from different circumstances than you, I reapplied and got into both schools I was considering last year and one of them trippled their scholarship offer. All the schools I was waitlisted at accepted me. I have nothing but joy over waiting a year, the job I picked up helped really define my interests in a career.

I also shot my LSAT up a significant amount and redid all my apps.

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby waldorf » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:49 pm

LoganCouture wrote:
suhdude wrote:My big worry is that that schools I was accepted to this time around won't accept me next cycle. Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?


Shouldn't be an issue at all, especially because you can write a Why X when you reapply saying that you love the school but realized you wanted to get some full-time work experience before committing to law school.


Yes, I'd write a why X explaining the situation and why you are reapplying.

OP, I was in a similar boat. At first, I couldn't have ever fathomed taking a year off. After a lot of thought (and some personal family issues that got in the way as well), I decided it was for the best to take a year off and retake. It was the best choice I could have made. I got an amazing job on a political campaign and am now a legal assistant at a law firm. I've gotten some great experienced and gained a lot of knowledge into the life of a lawyer, which reaffirmed that this is the career I want to pursue. I was able to raise my LSAT score, gain a large scholarship to my dream school, and save a lot of money by working 50 hours a week at a job I enjoy. Moreover, I was very burnt out on school by the time I graduated, and I can't imagine having entered the most stressful school year of my life just three months after leaving my undergrad institution. Now, I'm excited for law school and ready to get back to school.

I REALLY recommend taking a year off and retaking. I upped my LSAT, I gained valuable work experience, I saved money, and being in the "real world" for a year definitely helped me grow up quite a bit as well.

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby poptart123 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:01 pm

Might try to reach out to schools and see if you can defer. They might need a compelling reason, though. I also think some schools don't defer scholarships.

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Re: I could use some advice regarding taking a year off...

Postby guynourmin » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:18 pm

suhdude wrote:Hell hath no fury like a law school scorned?

That's not a saying. If your application is appreciably better, they'll understand why you took a year off.



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