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  May 2016
  April 2016
LAW SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL So you wanna be a Lawyer.
Taking time off before you apply

Many people wonder about the relative merits in taking a year or two off after college prior to applying to law school. Law school admissions committees generally do not care one way or the other whether an applicant has taken time off between college and law school. What is critical, is that you do not apply to law school until you feel certain that you actually want to go to law school-and further, that you have worked out your urges to travel, ski bum, write a novel, teach, work in the Peace Corps, or live a bohemian lifestyle.

Law school is no place to try and find yourself. In fact, law school is the kind of place that will force you to repress just about every other competing interest in your life as you struggle to stay afloat. There are no free summers and no vacations. Once you matriculate in law school and the train starts rolling, it is very hard to get off. Inertia kicks in; and before you know it, you're ten years into a law career with a spouse and children, wondering how it is that you never wrote that novel you intended to write after college.

If you're not sure. or if you are haunted at night by a nagging wonder about whether you'd rather be a chef, for God's sake, stop and figure it out. If you don't, you're setting yourself up for a lot of miserable years until finally, at some point, you either give up your life's dream and settle for something else or have a midlife meltdown to the detriment of your family.

Don't rush the decision to go to law school. Take as much time as you need to be certain that the decision is the right one for you.

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