« on: March 17, 2013, 02:09:26 AM »
Groundhog is right. There are way too many specific factors to account for to produce a number, and far too much uncertainty. You could try another approach.
Why are you thinking of delaying law school for a year? What do you hope to gain from that year? How does the value of that stand up against the possible "cost" in terms of money and time lost?
Also consider that over your lifetime, the year's delay would be close to irrelevant. You could always make up for it by working another year at the "end" of your span as an attorney before you retire. How many years were you planning on working? What are your retirement goals?
It seems to me the real "risk" of delaying (or otherwise) would be personal at this point. Would delaying going to law school make it more difficult for you to get in a year from now or easier? Would you spend this next year regretting not being on your chosen path yet?