« on: March 27, 2008, 01:48:26 PM »
I reapplied this year, and I can tell you that LSAC does keep your letters of recommendation and transcripts. You don't have to send those things in again. You might want to check with your recommenders to see if they put a date on your letters though, since you probably don't want them to look like they are a year old when your schools get them. If you aren't in school and don't have new grades, there wouldn't be any reason to send a new transcript in.
I don't know if your chances of getting into school will be any different as a reapplicant. If it is more competitive to get into school each year, then it might be slightly more difficult. I can tell you that I got into one school that I was waitlisted at last year, and was waitlisted at one I was waitlisted at last year. I haven't heard back from the other one I reapplied to. But, I retook my LSAT. I think a supplemental essay or adding something to your personal statement with the reasoning for taking a year off would be helpful. I don't think it would ever hurt you, and it would give the adcoms more confidence that you wouldn't be a flight risk.