Honeysuckle wrote:If i took a second year off I'd have an inexplicable gap on my resume that I'd have to explain to employers. I'd prefer not to do that. In July I will submit all the reports to the school.
Which C&F attorney should I retain--flat fee for $3500 or the hourly rate ones?
That is a genuine concern, but I don't think it's unreasonable to say that you took two years off for health-related problems, especially if you say that you wanted to focus on recovery first, instead of trying to balance recovery and law school+bar studying. Plus, you said that you're volunteering for legal aid, right? So it's not like your resume would have a complete gap for those years. Maybe others can chime in, but I wouldn't look negatively on someone who took two years off from law school for health issues.
I also saw on the JDU thread that you were also concerned about your local law schools not having enough seats, but given the sharp decrease of law school applications and admissions, it may not be a problem, especially since you'd be coming in as a 3L, and would not need the "core" 1L classes.
As far as which attorney, I would probably go for the flat fee one. I feel like your issues would require a fair amount of work and court appearances, but that's just my guesstimation.
if its $1,000 retainer + $400/hr, that's a better deal than the flat $3,500 only if your issue takes roughly 6 hours or less to resolve. Your situation sounds kind of sticky, so I feel like it'd take longer. Plus, in the case you get denied, it's nice to know you can have your attorney appeal the decision.