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How many years of WE matter?

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How many years of WE matter?
« on: February 24, 2006, 11:25:26 PM »
I've heard that if you take a year off, it's better to take 2 off because schools view one year off as the same as coming straight from ungrad whereas 2 yrs is considered in a different category. In other words, it's grouped into 2+ yrs of work experience and those with 0-1 yrs. Is this true?

Re: How many years of WE matter?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 11:35:38 PM »
I've heard that if you take a year off, it's better to take 2 off because schools view one year off as the same as coming straight from ungrad whereas 2 yrs is considered in a different category. In other words, it's grouped into 2+ yrs of work experience and those with 0-1 yrs. Is this true?

it doesnt really matter. there isnt really any difference in terms of admission in coming straight from undergrad vs. coming with 2 years of work experience.

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006, 07:16:03 AM »
I've heard that if you take a year off, it's better to take 2 off because schools view one year off as the same as coming straight from ungrad whereas 2 yrs is considered in a different category. In other words, it's grouped into 2+ yrs of work experience and those with 0-1 yrs. Is this true?

it doesnt really matter. there isnt really any difference in terms of admission in coming straight from undergrad vs. coming with 2 years of work experience.

I'd tend to agree, unless you can do something really impressive in 1-2 years. Speaking from personal experience, I think 3-4 years seems to help. That's enough time to do something meaningful and take some real responsibility. I will have had 4 years work experience by the time class starts in August. At my school, applicants with identical stats as mine but no work experience were getting turned down.

Re: How many years of WE matter?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2006, 08:34:09 AM »
how about 8 yrs. in the same job?

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2006, 10:26:06 AM »
I disagree, especially if you do something interesting. I’ve been working in a lab as a research specialist and we do some really neat things and it contributed a lot to why I applied to law school. I really think my work experience helped me (about 2 years). In fact, my personal statement actually began with …the trick in acquiring a quality brain sample… :D

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2006, 10:28:15 AM »
I disagree, especially if you do something interesting. I’ve been working in a lab as a research specialist and we do some really neat things and it contributed a lot to why I applied to law school. I really think my work experience helped me (about 2 years). In fact, my personal statement actually began with …the trick in acquiring a quality brain sample… :D

yea but the results come out pretty much the same

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Re: How many years of WE matter?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2006, 12:36:26 PM »
Thanks for answering...and congrats on those awesome acceptances!