« on: June 17, 2005, 02:07:45 PM »
Quote: "If you do decide to scrap the law school idea for this year and apply again in the fall, what will you be doing in the meantime to improve your chances of being accepted? If you don't do anything worthwhile with this year, the same schools that turned you down now will probably still ding you later..."
This is really the key. A lot of people, and books such as LSC, say that if you're going to law school with the goal in mind to get the good firm job, then don't go to the TTT school, even if you don't get into to a ranked school. If you're looking for public sector work, well, it doesn't matter where you go, you're not going to make a lot of money probably anyways, so go to the lesser ranked school and hopefully save some money.
BUT... you have to be proactive if you're going to wait and reapply. Do something to add to your resume. Get a job with a law firm, project assistant, legal courier, anything that will let you get a better feel for the legal professional environment. Take the Kaplans course, take practice LSATs. If you don't work on really making your application look better, not only will you once again not get accepted, but with current trends you'll get less from the schools you already did accept. Nationally, the competition gets tougher every year. So you have to really work at it.
In all, its a tough decision, but one only you can make.