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My personal opinion is that working during the gap year should be used as an opportunity to get exposure to the real world. Pay your own bills and rent, work full-time hours, cook your own meals, save up some money for school, that sort of thing. Having experience as an adult, even if it is only for a few months, can be really helpful in a variety of law school classes, and it gives you something better to talk about than "that group project I did that one time when I didn't like the people I was assigned to work with" during job interviews.
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You can literally do whatever you want as long as it's, like, a real job that requires you have your shit together. Working for a pretigious hedge fund or something might help with biglaw interviews down the road, I guess, but gunning that hard for corporate biglaw is lame anyway.
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But there is diminishing marginal benefit of a "brand name" firm versus a less well-known one that still does similar, respected work and that you can speak about eloquently and confidently with interviewers. So if the choice is between working 100+ hrs/week at JPM vs. a more reasonable schedule at a smaller but still very much respected firm, it really depends on what you want to do. Doing volunteer work abroad or something like that will definitely offer a great life experience and perhaps a better topic for your personal statements, so that can be a completely valid path as well as long as you go into it fully informed on costs/benefits. Good luck!
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