What Should I Do With a Year Off

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What do I do?

Try and work in a support role with a firm to learn about trial work (+money -choices)
5
42%
Attempt to volunteer with a legal organization (+opportunity/likelihood -money)
2
17%
Volunteer outside of the legal field and read prep books (++opportunity -money -preparation)
0
No votes
Work outside the legal field, volunteer part time, read some prep books (+opportunity +money -preparation)
5
42%
 
Total votes: 12

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Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash
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What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:10 pm

After quitting my job and moving states, I had to take a medical deferral for this year. I obviously will have to get treatments to get better, but the medical system has some slow wheels and apart from a surgery a two weeks of 5 hr/day treatments, I will have almost a year off in a new city. It's really cheap here and my parents are helping me out so a job (especially not a job with the salary and requirements I previously had) is not a priority. I want to maximize my down time to best prepare for law school/legal career and so I'm trying to determine the best way to spend my time.

I didn't spend a ton of time the last two years getting to know what the day to day of different types of attorneys work. I've seen a bit of transnational deal making work, but would like to see more of the litigation side (both trial and appellate). I also think I could probably do something to continue preparing for Law School. Finally I want to spend some amount of time giving back to the community.

All that said, I'll probably do a little of everything but need to find something I should probably focus on and want current students/lawyers' opinion on what would be most beneficial.

I could:

A) Try and work in a support role with a firm to learn about trial work (+money -choices)
B) Attempt to volunteer with a legal organization (+opportunity/likelihood -money)
C) Volunteer outside of the legal field and read prep books (++opportunity -money -preparation)
D) Work outside the legal field, volunteer part time, read some prep books (+opportunity +money -preparation)

If you were in my shoes what would you do?

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emkay625
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby emkay625 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:18 pm

You should do something you really want to do. Don't worry about it being law related, unless that's the only think you think you'd enjoy doing. Spend the year having fun.

cavalier1138
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:07 am

Whatever you want.

AllenMoffitt
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby AllenMoffitt » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:10 am

Do something that makes you happy.

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Facelessgod
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby Facelessgod » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:08 pm

Another option is working at your local district court as a court clerk. I've been doing that for my gap year and enjoy it. I took a pay cut compared to offers I had to work as a legal assistant at a firm but I get to be in court every day, morning and afternoon, which is ultimately why I accepted this job. I'm constantly interacting with attorneys and different judges which is nice.

stoopkid13
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby stoopkid13 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:39 pm

I wouldn't put too much value on reading prep books

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goldenflash19
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby goldenflash19 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:22 am

Travel.

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hipcatdaddio
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby hipcatdaddio » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:01 pm

goldenflash19 wrote:Travel.


This. unless medical issues prevent you from doing this. If that's the case, then learn how to sew (or something else useful).

Damage Over Time
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby Damage Over Time » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm

stoopkid13 wrote:I wouldn't put too much value on reading prep books


agree

akane89
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Re: What Should I Do With a Year Off

Postby akane89 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:53 pm

Write in: prep to be a teacher or realtor




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