I'm slated to graduate from university with a MA in economics and BAs in philosophy & political science in May 2009, and I was planning to enter law school in Fall 2009. I've got a 172/3.6, and some decent soft factors (e.g., News/talk radio show host and department manager, Kaplan LSAT Instructor, co-authoring papers published in econ journals)
However, due to a variety of circumstances, I've decided to push back my entry date to Fall 2010. The year that I would be taking "off" would be used to continue research (have 4 papers instead of 2 in my CV, for example), do some more LSAT teaching, and prepare for law school.
I'm aiming primarily for Northwestern, UPenn, and Michigan Ann-Arbor, but generally I want to go to a Top 30 school.
Would it make more sense to apply now, get all my offers, and defer? or to simply just apply next year in fall 2009 with a slightly better app?
The one factor I imagine to be the dividing line would be the law schools becoming more stingy, or facing ever-increasing competition. I absolutely need a scholarship offer!
Thanks for your time, I know it isn't exactly the most entertaining question.