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Doc review

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:47 am

I take the bar in July and start a clerkship in December. I'd like to have some income during the interim. Doc review doesn't sound like a bad idea. What are the chances an agency or firm in a major market (think NYC) would hire me for temp work if I am pending bar admission? I'm CCN top 1/3 if it matters.

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Re: Doc review

Postby TaipeiMort » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:55 am

I think LAST tutoring would pay more.

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Re: Doc review

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:02 am

TaipeiMort wrote:I think LAST tutoring would pay more.


I'm not sure I would be able to get consistent hours and it might take awhile to get hooked up with an agency. Maybe I could supplement other income this way. What are the rates like for an independent on Craiglist/bulletin board? $50/hr?

Honestly I would rather do 40 hours of doc review than 10 hours of LSAT tutoring. I would feel horrible taking money from some kid who might not break 160 but end up applying anyway.

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Re: Doc review

Postby 005618502 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:27 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
TaipeiMort wrote:I think LAST tutoring would pay more.


I'm not sure I would be able to get consistent hours and it might take awhile to get hooked up with an agency. Maybe I could supplement other income this way. What are the rates like for an independent on Craiglist/bulletin board? $50/hr?

Honestly I would rather do 40 hours of doc review than 10 hours of LSAT tutoring. I would feel horrible taking money from some kid who might not break 160 but end up applying anyway.


I hate to say this because I am ALL about making money. But sounds like you worked pretty hard got into a great school, worked pretty hard and did well, got a good (I am guessing Fed.) clerkship. Take those couple months and relax bro. I think you can afford it and you wont have many opportunities like this again.

Just my thoughts

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Re: Doc review

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:10 pm

AssumptionRequired wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
TaipeiMort wrote:I think LAST tutoring would pay more.


I'm not sure I would be able to get consistent hours and it might take awhile to get hooked up with an agency. Maybe I could supplement other income this way. What are the rates like for an independent on Craiglist/bulletin board? $50/hr?

Honestly I would rather do 40 hours of doc review than 10 hours of LSAT tutoring. I would feel horrible taking money from some kid who might not break 160 but end up applying anyway.


I hate to say this because I am ALL about making money. But sounds like you worked pretty hard got into a great school, worked pretty hard and did well, got a good (I am guessing Fed.) clerkship. Take those couple months and relax bro. I think you can afford it and you wont have many opportunities like this again.

Just my thoughts



Unfortunately taking a few months off is not really an option- every penny has gone to minimize debt and I barely have enough to make it through the bar. Traveling is out of the question for that same reason. I suppose I could live at home but it is not a great place to be for more than a week or two for a number of personal reasons.

My other option is to try to snag a couple of different part-time jobs at smaller firms that might not pay as much but will pay enough to live and maybe pay the interest on my debt and the min payments until I can get a steady salary/go on LRAP. I asked the school whether they would fund a few months at a gov't org I interned with but they said no. I guess since I am already happily employed they don't see how it will help their numbers.

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Re: Doc review

Postby cantaboot » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:08 am

decent or reputable small firms do not usually take temp workers, do they? (unless you know the partners)
shitlaw firms may taint your resume.

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Re: Doc review

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:21 am

Dunno what doc review pays, but there's quite a bit of money to be made in LSAT tutoring if you can land the work.

I took a year off between college and law school, and I spent part of that time teaching the LSAT. I worked through one well-known prep company in NYC, but the hourly rate honestly wasn't great ($40/hr to teach a course and $50 for private tutoring). But the big advantage there was that you didn't have to hunt for work. They put out notifications for available classes/private students, and it was a first-come-first-serve system.

Before long, though, I wised up and figured I could make substantially more money going freelance. A few craigslist ads later touting my credentials (HYS-bound + 180 LSAT score...no joke) landed me a steady stream of students. At my peak, I was probably meeting with 7-8 students a week, 2 hours per student, at $75/hr. When I started down this route, I only charged $50, but $75 turns out to be a bargain for lots of these people, given that the private companies can charge as much as $150/hr to go through their private tutors. This meant I was earning ~$1K/week for fairly low-impact work...and it was all in cash :D




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