I am def. taking at least a year off because I am not taking the LSAT until October (although I probably would have taken the year off even if I was eligible for this coming up fall).
So the question is pretty self explanatory, here are the options:
1) Graduate certificate in "heritage preservation". You do have to take the GRE and go through the same application process as the masters program. It seems to be good because it can prove graduate level work, it is a one year (18 hr) program that seems to pretty competitive and most importantly, it is at the university I would like to attend law school. That being said the glaring problem is it does not pertain to law any way, shape or form.
2) Paralegal certificate from a good school. It is only affiliated with the school and you are not considered a student. It is not just pass/fail which might be worthwhile in order to show flawless grades in the classes. Obviously with this option I would work as a paralegal for the remaining time of the year (program is six months, drawn out!) or work as a paralegal for another year as well.
3) Global Policy Studies certificate at a good school. It is only a 12 hr program and to be honest, although it does seem to pertain to law more than the first option, I'm not particularly thrilled with Global issues but I am willing to whore myself out to make myself look as attractive as possible.
4) What did ya'll do that you felt like helped?