What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

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What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby clueless801 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:33 pm

Alright folks, would love to hear from those of you that ultimately made the decision to wait another year to apply whether it was to boost GPA or get a higher LSAT score. Was it worth it for you? What factors were most important to you? Have any of you felt you were already out of school for a long time and felt the need to go back?

Would truly love some encouragement right now. I pretty much need a 10 point gain before having a shot any of the t-13 schools and not sure whether I'll make it before the LSAT in two weeks. Plus I'm a splitter so doesn't seem like December might be a good idea. Postponing to next year seems like the logical choice to me, but it's a big decision and I'd really like to hear from others who made the same. I've been out two years, and a third doesn't seem so bad to me, but I've got personal reasons that's pushing me to start next year.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby Platopus » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:56 pm

I was dead set on attending law school straight out of undergrad, but was ultimately talked out of it by someone who naively went to Michigan only to drop out during the first week because he realized he had made a terrible mistake and didn't actually want to be an attorney. I realized that like him, I was only drawn to law school for the apparent "prestige", so after some serious reflection (and a tough break-up) I decide to forget about law school and instead find a job.

I now work indirectly with the law in my career, and after two years in my field, I feel now that I am ready to attend law school and become an attorney. One of the main catalysts for applying now, and not waiting even longer is that even though I've been out of school for 2 years, I've been able to climb the ladder pretty quickly. I'm not at a terminal position yet, but at this point my work will not substantially change if I get promoted. I'm about 7-8 years out from my next promotion where anything will change substantially.

Even though I'm applying this year, I'm not committed to attending if things don't shake out the way I'd like. I've secured LOR's so even if I need to reapply 2 years down the road, I don't have to worry about trying to refresh the memory of a professor whose course I took 4 years ago. The biggest reason I'm okay with taking it slow is that I'm financially stable and have a good work life balance that is pretty low stress. Things are good, so I don't see any reason to rush into things. Also, I still feel "young" and eager to approach school with the intensity it deserves. I still take a number of professional education courses for some professional designations I'm working on, so I still feel mentally sharp.

I got lucky and did well enough on the LSAT to feel like I don't need to retake. If I hadn't gotten the score I wanted, I'd be retaking in September, and if I didn't have it then, I would put off applying this cycle and wait it out until next year. Were talking about a 30-40 year career, so making sure I get off on the right foot is my utmost priority.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby Keilz » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:16 pm

I originally planned to take 2 years off. Really wanted NYU. Planned to take June 2015 but didn't feel like I was reaching my fullest potential confidently yet. Postponed to October 2015. Scored a 166, didn't feel like it was my best. Along with a small mishap with my watch, I also got stuck on games. I knew I wasn't at my best because leading up to the test I got stuck on games about 40% of the time, and my practice tests were declining leading up to the test.

With my 166 and 3.7, I decided I would just apply to Berkeley (because their median at the time was a 166) to see if I got in, and if not I would wait another year to retake. Wasn't ready to take again in December 2015, and I didn't want to be a reapplicant to all the other schools if I didn't have a shot. My personal statement wasn't that strong, probably because it was rushed. I didn't get in - not even put into faculty review.

Took a few months off from law school apps and stared studying again in April 2016. I did every practice test before so I was studying only on retakes, but I didn't remember most tests. My logic games really improved because I took a break and was able to spend more time just drilling them. Took June 2016 and got a 169. Spent July - early September perfecting my personal statement, and wrote tons of "why x" essays. All apps submitted by thanksgiving. I ended up getting into Berkeley and 8/11 T14 schools I applied to - including NYU (though I was initially waitlisted). I think it was obviously worth it for me because I would never have gotten into my dream school without another year, but I will say adding a whole extra year of your life dedicated to law school admissions takes a big mental toll on you. You get burnt out. Make sure it doesn't start to control your life because the app process and waiting for months for decisions is really tough.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby clueless801 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:31 pm

Keilz wrote:I think it was obviously worth it for me because I would never have gotten into my dream school without another year, but I will say adding a whole extra year of your life dedicated to law school admissions takes a big mental toll on you. You get burnt out. Make sure it doesn't start to control your life because the app process and waiting for months for decisions is really tough.


Part of me is unwilling to spend any more time on this process but the other part of me knows that if I do this now, it'll be rewarded in the future. I'm feeling kind of burnt out from studying for the LSAT right now which is scary because I'm pretty sure I can do better but I'm also running out of time before the exam... which is in less than two weeks. Would really, really love to attend NYU but not happening with the way things are going right now.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby #gobroncos » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:57 pm

I'll have been out of undergrad a little over three years by the time I matriculate. For what it's worth, I've talked to a lot of attorneys and not a single one ever felt like they spent too much time between undergrad and law school (whereas many felt like they hadn't spent enough). Life experience, whether in the workforce or as a volunteer, is invaluable.

I was thinking of applying two years ago (which would have given me one year between undergrad and law school). I would have been applying with one year of volunteer experience and a 168. I delayed to get a better LSAT and take a volunteer position abroad. Coming back around, I'll have a 174 LSAT, two years of volunteer experience, and fluency in another language. Basically, two extra years was the difference between being a Duke/Berkeley/NW applicant and being a HYS applicant. So yeah, more time can work out well for you. Do what you can before the LSAT and don't fear a retake or another year out. It could totally change your path for the better.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby Keilz » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:21 pm

clueless801 wrote:
Keilz wrote:I think it was obviously worth it for me because I would never have gotten into my dream school without another year, but I will say adding a whole extra year of your life dedicated to law school admissions takes a big mental toll on you. You get burnt out. Make sure it doesn't start to control your life because the app process and waiting for months for decisions is really tough.


Part of me is unwilling to spend any more time on this process but the other part of me knows that if I do this now, it'll be rewarded in the future. I'm feeling kind of burnt out from studying for the LSAT right now which is scary because I'm pretty sure I can do better but I'm also running out of time before the exam... which is in less than two weeks. Would really, really love to attend NYU but not happening with the way things are going right now.


If you're feeling this way, I would definitely recommend taking a couple months off. You don't want to cram the whole app process into a small window anyway. This process has such a big impact on your career, and you don't want to feel rushed. Reschedule to December, February, or even June, and take your time. My tests went way better after a break.

Most people have personal reasons to go to school at a certain time, I did, but I knew that attending a T14 was important to me and I would regret it if I didn't try my hardest. Plus, if you're working, you have more time to save your money.

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby MrAdultman » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:10 am

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Re: What made you choose to postpone another year to apply?

Postby clueless801 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:06 pm

MrAdultman wrote:
clueless801 wrote:
Part of me is unwilling to spend any more time on this process but the other part of me knows that if I do this now, it'll be rewarded in the future. I'm feeling kind of burnt out from studying for the LSAT right now which is scary because I'm pretty sure I can do better but I'm also running out of time before the exam... which is in less than two weeks. Would really, really love to attend NYU but not happening with the way things are going right now.


Sounds like you should take a year off. What's the disadvantage in doing so? If you've got a decent job, and in particular if you're enjoying your current life situation, I don't see the rush. I've taken more time off than you, though I've had my LSAT, GPA and LOR's set since college, just to explore the world and some career options. In the end, I had several years of profound personal growth, got to spend time in my hometown near my family, and confirmed my interest in law. And, you know, was able to enjoy my life. Obviously it's a very personal choice and everyone is different, but I'm very happy with how I've spent my time.


Taking another year off is in definitely in the cards. Not sure how much improvement I can feasibly make before the test in less than 10 days. I've decided to take it and see where my score's at before reattempting a third time next June or something.




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