I have some sympathy for Sandie Okoro's comments. I didn't take a gap year (my parents could never have afforded it) and I was very envious of those in my year at law school who'd had such a wonderful opportunity. I went straight to University at 18, then onwards to College of Law and my training contract. I qualified at the tender age of 24 and, looking back, I was too immature to be undertaking such heavy duty legal work for corporate clients. I found it so so stressful. So, don't underestimate the "character-building" nature of the gap year. I think I'd have been better prepared for my legal career if I'd had a gap year doing charity work overseas.