beesknees wrote:See, that's what I'm worried about. If I graduated in Dec, sure I could find stuff to do for that time, but our loans would go into repayment that June, which is tough. At least if I graduate in May and start work soon after, I'll have a few months to get on my feet without having those scary loan payments. I also wouldn't want to pay for an extra semester just to delay graduating until May - school is costing me enough with just 6 semesters!
I think financially it makes more sense for me to start in the fall because I won't have to worry about finding employment right after graduation and I can work this summer and make some extra $$.
On the other hand, it's difficult to say what the state of the legal market will be by the time that we graduate.
True, but if I play it with Fall, if the economy is good, graduating in May will likely have no affect on my outcome, since almost all law grads graduate in May. If its still in the toilet, it'll be safer to graduate during the traditional May date because if firms are already deferring the previous class, its unlikely I'd be able to start early.
If the economy is totally in the crapper, we're all screwed no matter which date we choose, lol. The way I look at it, its fine either way with fall start (barring a completely disintegrated economy), but if the economy is still bad, its bad for me with SS because firms are already deferring people.
But I'm going to wait until after the ASW to talk to some SSers before I totally decide against it for myself. And I can certainly undertand the benefits of it and why people choose it, but for me, it might make more sense to wait (considering I have a job and the ability to work this summer).