No, there is no way they can make you defer and no, there is no reason to defer. In the long run, a thousand dollars is nothing compared to a year less of law school. That is one more year of a lawyers salary. One less year to become partner. There are other schools doing the same thing, but they are offering much better packages. One person on this board was offered a full ride if he would defer! If that were the case, then yes defer. However, for a thousand dollars, there is no reason to even give defering a second thought.
Thanks and Gig 'Em,