Here is the basic question: Do I tell a potential employer that I have law school applications pending?
Today is my last day at work. A few days ago, I turned in applications to six highly competitive schools. There is no way to reliably predict my likelihood of acceptance. The LSAT / GPA charts (with their inherent deficiencies) generally put my chances between 30 to 50 percent. Even if this were a reliable statistic, there are two major aspects of my application that would serve to skew the results in opposite directions. The decisions are mostly sent out mid to late April, I may not hear from some schools until May, and if I am wait-listed I won’t hear a definite answer until the summer.
So do I bring this up in an interview? I would think that to do so would severely limit my chances of getting the job. But finding work as a temp has several drawbacks, ranging from the loss of dignitude to the dramatic decrease in pay. Unemployment is not an option, as D.C. provides minimal support.
My first instinct was not to hide anything, to be up front with the interviewer. To say nothing is pretty much the equivalent of a lie. I think I would have trouble accepting a job now, and in eight months (provided I am accepted at a college) putting in my notice. This is assuming that there whatever job I take will involve a fair amount of training and individual time.
Most of my friends and compatriots think I am a bit insane. The company I am with now, though we were expecting layoffs later in the year, only gave me three days notice. They, and by extension corporations in general, do not have a strong ethical burden to give me advanced notice of a layoff. I shouldn’t directly lie, but there is no reason for me to put off finding a job for several months on the off chance that I will be leaving in August.
So I turn to the wonderful debaters of the SDMB. Is there a debate here as to what I should do, or am I holding myself to too high a standard?