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What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:10 pm
by Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash
After quitting my job and moving states, I had to take a medical deferral for this year. I obviously will have to get treatments to get better, but the medical system has some slow wheels and apart from a surgery a two weeks of 5 hr/day treatments, I will have almost a year off in a new city. It's really cheap here and my parents are helping me out so a job (especially not a job with the salary and requirements I previously had) is not a priority. I want to maximize my down time to best prepare for law school/legal career and so I'm trying to determine the best way to spend my time.

I didn't spend a ton of time the last two years getting to know what the day to day of different types of attorneys work. I've seen a bit of transnational deal making work, but would like to see more of the litigation side (both trial and appellate). I also think I could probably do something to continue preparing for Law School. Finally I want to spend some amount of time giving back to the community.

All that said, I'll probably do a little of everything but need to find something I should probably focus on and want current students/lawyers' opinion on what would be most beneficial.

I could:

A) Try and work in a support role with a firm to learn about trial work (+money -choices)
B) Attempt to volunteer with a legal organization (+opportunity/likelihood -money)
C) Volunteer outside of the legal field and read prep books (++opportunity -money -preparation)
D) Work outside the legal field, volunteer part time, read some prep books (+opportunity +money -preparation)

If you were in my shoes what would you do?

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:18 pm
by emkay625
You should do something you really want to do. Don't worry about it being law related, unless that's the only think you think you'd enjoy doing. Spend the year having fun.

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:07 am
by cavalier1138
Whatever you want.

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:10 am
by AllenMoffitt
Do something that makes you happy.

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:08 pm
by Facelessgod
Another option is working at your local district court as a court clerk. I've been doing that for my gap year and enjoy it. I took a pay cut compared to offers I had to work as a legal assistant at a firm but I get to be in court every day, morning and afternoon, which is ultimately why I accepted this job. I'm constantly interacting with attorneys and different judges which is nice.

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:39 pm
by stoopkid13
I wouldn't put too much value on reading prep books

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:22 am
by goldenflash19
Travel.

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:01 pm
by hipcatdaddio
goldenflash19 wrote:Travel.


This. unless medical issues prevent you from doing this. If that's the case, then learn how to sew (or something else useful).

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm
by Damage Over Time
stoopkid13 wrote:I wouldn't put too much value on reading prep books


agree

Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:53 pm
by akane89
Write in: prep to be a teacher or realtor