Anonymous User wrote:I'm only anonymous b/c law schools do look at this site and don't want to get rejected b/c they know i'll defer them. I am asking here, in a forum full of random people, because I want to hear what other people think of TFA and what their experiences have been, and my original question, which you may not have understood, or maybe i phrased it wrong... what I'm trying to figure out is if I should defer law school and do tfa, or just reject every law school and apply later on after I'm done with TFA, not if I should do TFA or not. Thanks for your input though.
Edit: Also I'm being smart and doing some research instead of jumping into something without knowing what it is. Don't know why you hatin HITeacher
That's fair, I misjudged and I apologize. I'll see if I can give you some feedback that's of value instead of hating on you.
So the question is - should I defer law school to pursue a 2-year job, or just not defer law school and still take the job.
General Pros and Cons of deferring law school
- You have a guaranteed spot in law school so you can pack your worries away.
- You have a guaranteed option to exit teaching after 2 years if you realize it's not for you.
- There is no fault if you decide not to go to law school and do something else (keep teaching, get another job, med school, etc)
- You (usually) have to pay a nominal deposit you will never get back unless you actually matriculate.
- You can't hold a deferral to School A and apply to School B hoping to get in, keeping your deferral to School A in case you don't get in. You must first tell School A "no thanks" then apply to School B.
- Not doing the above may get you in some trouble if School A finds out and tells School B, including School B reneging on you.
Besides that stuff, one of the reasons you may consider not deferring is because you think you can get into a better law school after TFA and the deferral may tie you down by making you complacent. That may or may not be true.
- Having work experience will make you a little (very little) more attractive to law schools. Think schools you would be waitlisted at without work experience. TFA looks great on your resume, but so do many things (Peace Corps, Consulting, Fullbright) and all these things pale in comparison to the impact your GPA and LSAT have.
- That said, its incredibly difficult to write an application while working. This isn't TFA specific, but especially true of TFA. Getting LORs, taking the LSAT and writing a personal statement are all 10 times easier during college then while working.
Also, keep in mind that which law school you're deferring also plays heavily into this equation, though that information opens up a whole new can of worms. Anyway, given all these things, the only real cost of deferring is the $500 that the school will charge you to hold your place that you get back if you matriculate. Unless you're on a very tight budget, it's probably worth it to defer just to have the safety net.
sundance95 wrote:Am I the only one surprised that a former TFAer could be such an elitist prick?
My response to OP was way over the line. Besides that paragraph, I do stand by the basic tenets of what I said. You shouldn't lie during interviews for a job that's known to have horrible work/life balance or you'll end up being miserable in your job. I said it in a mean way to SBL because his quote made me really upset, but I don't really see how that's elitist. Please enlighten me.