Laura Julia Shappirona
Law schools immediately after getting my bachelors?
I have been told that law schools factor in work experience when assessing a candidate. Is it better if I hold off on going to law school as soon as I graduate and get my Bachelors degree, and instead gain work experience? Or does it not matter as much. If I were to start the job search, I would apply for a paralegal position or work at a legal non profit company.
- Jennie Rothman expert More and more recent grads are taking a break after college before applying to law school. Work experience isn't necessary to get into law school - law schools still admit applicants straight out of college - but it can benefit you in a number of ways. 1. Work experience can add to your candidacy if you show how you made good use of your time, what you've learned, and why you're ready to tackle law school now. 2. Working as a paralegal or a non-profit, like you're thinking about, will help you learn about which areas of the law are a good fit for you. This will enable you to target the courses you take in law school and get more out of your education. 3. Working will give you a chance to earn some money to pay back your college loans/ prepare to pay for law school. 4. After so many consecutive years of school, don't discount the value of some time off from academic pursuits. Working in the real world will help you develop new skills while also recharging your battery, so that you're ready to go when you start the intense law school experience. In the end, the effect of work experience on your law school application is only a small consideration in your decision, and you should do whatever best meets your individual needs. #law