Timeline of taking bar, starting work at firm?

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Timeline of taking bar, starting work at firm?

Postby Royal » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:58 am

I'm a little hazy on the whole timeline post graduation. Assume full time offer from a Vault 100 firm after 2L summer. I know the NY bar is given in July.

Do most people who are moving to NY from an out-of-state school move to NY immediately after graduation and then study for the bar in NY? After taking the bar in July, when do most associates begin work?


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Re: Timeline of taking bar, starting work at firm?

Postby Cavalier » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:12 am

For bar studying, I believe that there are plenty of courses that are exclusively online, so you can study from anywhere. The prep companies may also offer classroom-based courses at your law school--this is true for UVA, and I suspect it's true for any school that sends a significant number of graduates to New York. So there's no reason to move somewhere new unless your lease ends early.

For starting work, this varies by firm. Some give you a choice of September, October, or November, and others simply assign you a date. A while ago start dates at some firms were pushed back to January as a result of the recession, but I believe (I might be wrong) that this didn't occur for the class of 2011.

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