When considering Law School, explore both the profession and the law school experience. Carefully examine your interests, abilities and goals. Start your law school journey by:
This answer depends on each individual and what fits with their current lifestyle, goals, and plans. In recent years, the Dartmouth applicant pool has contained more recent graduates than graduating seniors and there is no disadvantage to delaying applications.
Here are a few tips to guide you with your decision:
Why you may want to apply upon completing undergrad:
Why you may want to take time off before applying:
If you apply and are not accepted, you can always reapply without prejudice. Plan to take at least two years to gain experience and knowledge in a job you enjoy to develop additional skills that will make your next application significantly different from your earlier one. In general, unless you are very certain about a career in law and have a strong record going into senior year, our advice is to wait. Don't rush. Feel free to discuss your questions or concerns with the Pre-Law Advisor in Center for Professional Development.
Last Updated: 10/9/13