FineGentleman wrote:I plan to attend law school of Fall 2019. I'm currently working as an analyst in NYC for around 60 hours per week.
I'm thinking of quitting in favor of picking up a retail job because
1. I need a low stress to allow for adequate LSAT studying
2. I need to improve my social skills
Would doing this be strange to law school admissions, or do I have a good explanation? I really expected to be able to balance the workload and studying, so I'm a little distraught that I couldn't keep up. Any advice?
I don't think it is necessary to quit your job in order to properly prepare for the LSAT. Plenty of posters on here, myself included, worked full-time and were able to adequately prepare. I understand the desire to put all the effort you can into studying, but quitting a good job for retail would definitely raise the eyebrows of some admissions staff, not to mention probably sink whatever savings you already have. I think the solution is to rethink how you approach the limited time you have to study. Do you study on lunch breaks? Before work? After work? Can you put in more hours on weekdays and makeup some work on weekends? Study on the train? Personally, I worked 7-5, went home, ate real quick, and was at the library from 6-8:30, and had 9-10/11ish if I need to finish up anything and/or to relax. My key was to keep up the momentum, no breaks after work. No TV, no internet, just eat some food and hit the PUBLIC LIBRARY (getting out of the house makes a difference) to study. I studied 2-2.5 a day, 6 days a week (extra on weekends) and don't think more study time per day would've helped. LSAT studying is cumulative, so if you can stretch it out and keep your job, do so. Even so, I'm skeptical that a retail job would really reduce stress THAT much. I've worked retail. I've worked fast-food. I've worked shitty jobs outdoors in near freezing rain, and each of those jobs was more stressful and tiring than my current office job, which affords me the luxury of taking 20 minute shit breaks and periodically spacing out on my phone. Fewer hours doesn't always mean less stress.
In my opinion, goals 1 & 2 are pretty incompatible, especially if you are going to quit your job for the LSAT. If you are going to make the sacrifice on the job front, I think you almost need to put that into working extra hard on the LSAT and forgo repairing whatever damaged social life you have for another 4-5 months.
Also, if you aren't planning on taking anytime soon, you'll have more time to study at a slower pace. Next year the LSAT is going to be offered more times, and will far easier to plan around whatever your work schedule looks like. Don't forget the name of the game is getting hired AFTER law school, getting admitted is the easy part. You don't want to set off any red flags come OCI. Without a more concrete reason, I think you're going to struggle explaining this shift to employers. Not that it'll be a big deal, but still, better to avoid the flags if you can.