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Taking a gap year before law school

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Posted: December 14, 2022

Taking a gap year is a pretty popular choice these days. It gives you the chance to gain some real-world experience, travel and take a break from the grind of academia before jumping into your law degree. Plus, it can give you a leg up in law school and your future career. Here are 4 reasons to take a gap year before law school.

Practical experience

One benefit of taking a gap year before law school is that it can give you an opportunity to gain practical experience and build your resume. Many law schools look for applicants who have practical experience and a demonstrated commitment to their chosen field, and a gap year can be a great way to gain that experience. For example, you might use the time to work in a law firm, government agency, or non-profit organisation, or to volunteer for a legal aid clinic or other organisation that provides legal services to underserved communities. This type of experience can not only make you a more competitive applicant for law school, but it can also give you valuable skills and insights that will help you succeed once you begin your legal studies.


Travel can be a valuable experience for anyone, but it can be especially beneficial for those who are considering a career in the law. Travelling to different countries and experiencing different cultures can broaden your perspective and help you develop a better understanding of the world around you. This can be especially valuable for those who are interested in practicing law on an international level, as it can give you a better understanding of different legal systems and cultural norms. Additionally, travelling can help you develop skills such as adaptability, problem-solving, and communication, which can be valuable in the legal profession.

Time off

One benefit of taking a gap year before law school is that it can give you a chance to take a break and recharge after the rigours of undergraduate studies. Law school can be intense and demanding, and it’s important to be well-rested and focused when you begin your legal studies. A gap year can give you time to relax and recharge, and can also be a good opportunity to refocus on your goals and priorities. This can be especially helpful if you’re feeling burnt out or uncertain about your future after completing your undergraduate degree. Taking a gap year can also give you time to explore new interests and hobbies, and to pursue activities that may not have been possible while you were in school. Overall, a gap year can be a good opportunity to take a break, regroup, and come back to your studies with renewed energy and focus.

Career decisions

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, a gap year before law school can also help students make more informed decisions about their future careers. By gaining practical experience and exploring the world, students can learn more about their interests, strengths and weaknesses, and use this knowledge to choose a law specialty that is right for them.

One way to make the most of a gap year before law school is to participate in a volunteer program. GVI offers volunteer programs around the world with a focus on sustainable community development projects, including justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition to practical experience, volunteering provides students with the opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends from around the world. This can be a valuable experience for law students, as it can help them become more open-minded and experienced with other cultures.

Overall, a gap year before law school can be a valuable and rewarding experience for students. It can provide them with practical experience, new perspectives, and the opportunity to take a break from academia before embarking on their law degree. Students who take a gap year before law school may find that they are better prepared and more motivated to succeed in law school and in their future careers.

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