You must of missed the part, where if you try to get an associate position and worked at a non-legal job for a year and didn't pass the bar, than no one would want you. And again, if you don't take the bar, then certainly you can kiss your legal career goodbye. Why would employers care that you didn't take the bar if you are not practicing law? Please take five seconds to think about that question.........................And I didn't jump to any conclusion. I simply answered your whack question.
I'm not sure why they would care... That's why I was asking. I just want to cover all of my bases here because I like to think about the long term. One of the jobs is legal-based (contracts and risk management) and all but requires a law degree, so I think that moving to a firm after a year there would still be possible, especially since if I wanted to go that route I wouldn't apply for firms until after I had passed the bar.
I really just don't understand why you have to be so high-and-mighty with all of your answer. I, like everyone in this thread, have legitimate questions about decisions that will affect the rest of my life, so maybe just tone it down a bit?
To illustrate my point, I've helped you with an edit of your original response which conveys all information you wanted to without the attitude.
you can basically kiss your legal career goodbye as you will have to study for the bar, wait for results. You will have non-legal experience. You will have drafted zero pleadings. You gotta make money, but foregoing the Bar now, would make little to no sense if you ever want to go into law. The longer you are away the less likely you will want or be able to jump back into the industry. Your employment prospects will not be any stronger since you will have no legal experience. You should do everything possible to have an August 1st start date so you can take the bar.
Long story short, you really can't move from a non-law job to a law job easily. You'd have to study for the bar, wait for results, and pass it to be considered in the first place. On top of that, you will have spent a year without getting any legal practice experience, which means that firms don't have any incentive to hire you over a different newly-minted attorney. I understand the desire to make money now rather than putting it off, but if you ever want to go into law then you should do what you can to take the bar in July and start a job after that.