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Student Blogger: Internships, post-grad plans and the LSAT compromise

May 26, 2011

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By Irina Dykhne

In my last blog post, I brought up the struggle I was having deciding whether or not law school was the right decision for me after college. The topic seemed to strike a chord with a number of people, so I figured it would be good to revisit it as I wrap up school and head into my first ever non-summer vacation summer.

As planned, I’ll be moving back home to Los Angeles after graduation.

I’ve decided to spend the first few months studying for the LSAT, and the rest of the year getting more work experience through internships. I’ve been passionate about becoming a lawyer for a long time and my parents encourage this decision, but I’m struggling to commit because there are other careers pulling at me. For example, I found the public relations aspect of my last job to be very creative and interesting work, and feel that I owe myself the opportunity to explore it further.

“I want to be as comfortable and as knowledgeable about my decision as possible before I take on another three years of school.”

My rationale is that even though something has been “the plan” for years, this is probably the only time that I can give myself free reign to explore and take risks by deviating from this plan. Of course, I realize that this decision isn’t without its risks. It’s scary to finish school with a pretty hazy plan of action. But I want to be as comfortable and as knowledgeable about my decision as possible before I take on another three years of school. At the same time, this decision allows me to strike a kind of comprise with my parents because I’m keeping the legal door open. By taking the LSAT, which is good for three years, I can have my cake and get some more professional experience and clarity too.

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