Many law school applicants wonder about the merits of work experience before law school. Are you better off continuing your education or taking a break? We definitely recommend taking a break of 2-3 years, getting some solid work experience and building a strong application.
Work experience offers a lot of advantages to applicants. In fact, the LSAC itself sees work experience as a valuable asset for a student. It states on its website:
“A candidate who applies to law school several years after completing his or her undergraduate education, and who has demonstrated an ability to succeed in a non-academic environment, is sometimes more motivated than one who continues his or her education without a break. In fact, only about one third of law students enter directly from college.”
Many law schools prefer students with work experience. Even top law schools such as Columbia view work experience positively. Clearly, getting a good amount of work experience can improve your candidacy for b-schools. Moreover, it also improves your chances of landing a good job after law school. Increased employment prospects amidst an uncertain legal market sounds awesome, isn’t it?
Another big advantage of work experience is that it can help you save up for tuition fees. The cushion of savings can go a long way in having a smooth ride in law school. Moreover, you do not need to think about scholarships and can apply to more prestigious law schools without worrying about the financial implications of such a move.
A good amount of work experience also portrays you as a mature and knowledgeable individual who is familiar with the rigours of work life. By all means take time off before law school and reap the benefits later.