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Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:34 pm

I'm a 3L heading to a consulting firm next fall. A law license isn't required for the job and makes no difference in career advancement. I'm wondering if I should take the bar anyway just in case but I am not sure about the potential payoff. One possible scenario is wanting to leave consulting after several years. Are there opportunities for practice 3-5+ years out of law school for someone who has no legal experience? Is there any other reason to take the bar?

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby Renzo » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:43 pm

You'll never work as a lawyer. But, take the bar anyways. It'll be a worthwhile personal achievement, and being a non-practicing lawyer is more impressive than being a J.D. who never qualified as a lawyer.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby anattorney » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:33 pm

There is no reason to do it. To maintain your license you will have to do continuing education, pay bar dues, etc. If you decide you want to practice later, just take the bar then.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby XxSpyKEx » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:13 am

anattorney wrote:There is no reason to do it. To maintain your license you will have to do continuing education, pay bar dues, etc. If you decide you want to practice later, just take the bar then.


+1, unless you're trying to impress Renzo

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby Renzo » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:26 am

XxSpyKEx wrote:
anattorney wrote:There is no reason to do it. To maintain your license you will have to do continuing education, pay bar dues, etc. If you decide you want to practice later, just take the bar then.


+1, unless you're trying to impress Renzo


All I'm saying is you've invested 3 years, why not see it through? The bar exam isn't that bad, you only have to do it once, and compared to all the effort/expense you've already put in, it's pretty minor. Then you can tell people you are a lawyer, not a law school graduate.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby thelawyler » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:32 am

Renzo wrote:
XxSpyKEx wrote:
anattorney wrote:There is no reason to do it. To maintain your license you will have to do continuing education, pay bar dues, etc. If you decide you want to practice later, just take the bar then.


+1, unless you're trying to impress Renzo


All I'm saying is you've invested 3 years, why not see it through? The bar exam isn't that bad, you only have to do it once, and compared to all the effort/expense you've already put in, it's pretty minor. Then you can tell people you are a lawyer, not a law school graduate.


Renzo is not impressed unless you are a lawyer.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby dingbat » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:39 am

Anonymous User wrote:I'm a 3L heading to a consulting firm next fall. A law license isn't required for the job and makes no difference in career advancement. I'm wondering if I should take the bar anyway just in case but I am not sure about the potential payoff. One possible scenario is wanting to leave consulting after several years. Are there opportunities for practice 3-5+ years out of law school for someone who has no legal experience? Is there any other reason to take the bar?
It is possible to move from consulting into a legal job (though probably not at the beginning of your career), or you could transition to a small company where legal work is a side requirement for your job. The quick answer is, if you can get the license, why wouldn't you, just in case?

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:00 pm

OP here
Thanks for all replies!
The reason I'm reluctant is the cost (time+money). I'll have to spend a few grands on prep and the exam and at least 6 weeks to study for it that I can alternatively spend travelling in Asia. Also I am not sure which state to take because I wouldn't want to live an work in NYC that seems to be the default. If I were to take the bar what would be the alternative to NYS?

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby oldie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:34 pm

massachusetts. no CLE, relatively cheap, bar exam is easy. reciprocity.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby prezidentv8 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:06 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I'll have to spend a few grands on prep and the exam and at least 6 weeks to study for it


Anonymous User wrote:alternatively . . . travelling in Asia.


Seems like an easy call to me.

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby dingbat » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:24 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I'll have to spend a few grands on prep and the exam and at least 6 weeks to study for it


Anonymous User wrote:alternatively . . . travelling in Asia.


Seems like an easy call to me.

I'll second this. You can always do the bar at a layer date (though, it'll probably suck more)

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Re: Value of license 3-5+ years out of law school

Postby anattorney » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:26 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I'll have to spend a few grands on prep and the exam and at least 6 weeks to study for it


Anonymous User wrote:alternatively . . . travelling in Asia.


Seems like an easy call to me.


Yes. No question. When else are you going to be able to take six weeks off to go travel? If you need/want to get licensed later for whatever reason, you can still do it. Plus, if you do it for a job later they would probably pay for your preparation.




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