ToTransferOrNot wrote:FWIW, when I say "work through UG," I mean full-time. I basically worked full-time in HS, too, but I know that's the exception (the whole illegality bit...). And I consider UG to be "on one's own," but I acknowledge people have vastly different experiences there.
I honestly think worldview/maturity is the deciding factor. There are plenty of very mature K-JDs (or K-UG 1-year off JDs). Different life experiences can gives people pretty clear perspective. I've also met plenty of people who took several years off and still went into LS with the blinders on/are incredibly immature/are going to be screwed.
You honestly think waiting tables etc. for 40/50/60 hours a week - in any circumstance - can give good insight into the real "working world"? If you're just taking some time off and doing those things to fill the gap, you know you are doing it just to fill the gap, and I'm not sure it gives much perspective. I run into this with TFA folks all the time. TFA is a great program, and teaching for two years in the inner-city will give anyone a new perspective on life. But if you know you're going to get out of teaching after the two years is up, for many people it's not really going to bring about more maturity etc., and may actually delay it (because you have essentially postponed your life for two years).
I agree that many more people should probably take time off between UG and LS (frankly, I think more people should take time off before starting UG,) but to say there isn't a significant number of people for whom K-JD makes sense is oversimplifying things.
I agree with you (especially the TFA part... hoo boy do I agree with you) but that doesn't mean that I agree that those people should go to LS anyway. Smacks of the "don't know what to do, oh okay law" thing. I think you should get a real, soul-crushing entry level job first, in an industry you find interesting.