I will be paying full sticker price at my law school starting this fall. Although I got into my first choice school, I screwed up on the LSAT's logical reasoning questions because I did not study at all and lots of things were going in my life at the time. To top it off, I applied fairly last minute.
With that said, I am not considering the "option" of deferring my admission, to which I already paid two seat deposits, to spend the next year studying for the LSAT with the hopes of getting a higher score and being offered more money.
First, a deferral is a deferral. It is not a reapplication. I don't think a school would consider you for more money because your file has already been reviewed and you have already been accepted.
Second, there is no guarantee that you will score higher on the LSAT or that you will be offered more money.
Third, unless you like your current job or whatever you are doing right now, remember that a year is a long time. Some may not agree with this, but don't put your life off for 12 months.
I'm in the same boat and started a similar thread today...I think that the key word is commitment. If you commit to making the most out of your year off, I think it could make all the difference in the world. My school was overenrolled for the fall, but they said, "one wouldn't automatically keep a scholarship if deferring."
no joke about the bolded portion above. I sooo want to defer, but at the same time am excited to start law school already!!!