Anonymous User wrote:I have about a 2-year resume gap since graduation. What I'm wondering is, if I were to start law school this fall, would this hurt me at OCI? Should I delay law school until fall 2020 and desperately pursue a full-time job to keep until then? Would any full-time job help? The gap is technically about 1.5 years, as there's some volunteering in there, but I'm worried some about this hurting me - particularly if I were to matriculate at a T2, where employers might, I'd imagine, be less forgiving than they'd be of T14 students. I have some explanations for the gap but would rather not disclose them here. I'm considering retaking anyway, so it would give me time for that, too, although I'd have to balance retaking with working full-time. I'm very anxious for any feedback on this.
I'm confused--have you already gotten into a T2 school? It sounds like you're retaking the LSAT, which indicates to me you haven't actually applied yet? While it's good to think about your resume gap, it also seems a little premature if you haven't gotten into any schools yet.
I'm not sure what your gap is due to, but if you have an explanation other than just "I just wanted to relax and just sat at home watching TV," (and even then you could probably spin it in a more positive light) I wouldn't consider it to be a make-or-break issue. Sure, it may be a source of questions come recruiting time, but you'll have time to think about how you want to discuss that gap by then. I'm of the mind that employers may be more forgiving of a T2 student with a gap rather than a student at a less prestigious school (so many firms go gaga for the T2 schools).
Hard to give you a good answer without knowing much of the source of your anxiety (e.g. was the gap for mental health reasons (understandable and totally explainable) vs. serious criminal issue (probably navigable, but trickier)), but for now, I would say don't be concerned about that at this stage.