Superficial Question About Resume Work Experience During Gap Year?

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Superficial Question About Resume Work Experience During Gap Year?

Postby CLS2020 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:35 pm

I know this is a shallow question, but I genuinely want to know because I need to figure out what I am going to do for the next 2 years for my gap year prior to law school. Would it hurt your chances soft-factor wise or would it be a weak resume to work for a company that is not major or does not have a "brand-name, major" like JP Morgan or whatnot? I don't really know what exactly I should be doing. My resume is pretty weak, and that concerns me a bit.

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Re: Superficial Question About Resume Work Experience During Gap Year?

Postby totesTheGoat » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:00 pm

The gap year is more for you than for your admissions package. It really doesn't matter to admissions whether you twiddle your thumbs or work a career job. The impact is minor at best.

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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Re: Superficial Question About Resume Work Experience During Gap Year?

Postby The Lsat Airbender » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:26 pm

In a vacuum, yeah, it's nice to get a flashy name on your resume. But they're so common among the law-school-applying crowd that adcomms don't really care either way. You're not going to get much credit for your sick Goldman analyst gig and you're not going to get penalized much for being a bartender (in fact the latter is interesting enough it can be a plus in its own way).

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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