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Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:52 am

My friend at S&C said his firm provides him with 6 weeks of work time (paid at the pro-rated rate of an associate) during the summer while he studies for the bar as a recent graduate. Can anyone confirm this program?

Does this program exist for any other firm in the V10? I'll be working at another, and I never heard of such a thing.

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby thesealocust » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:20 pm

It's very rare, but does happen sometimes. If S&C does it I've never heard of it before.

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:48 pm

He'll be clerking -- so that may be the reason why.

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Uncle.Joe » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Isn't that just a generous bar stipend?

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Sup Kid » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:13 pm

Uncle.Joe wrote:Isn't that just a generous bar stipend?

Sounds like it. 6 weeks = ~$18,000, which is right around what many firms in NYC give as a bar stipend

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:18 pm

Sup Kid wrote:
Uncle.Joe wrote:Isn't that just a generous bar stipend?

Sounds like it. 6 weeks = ~$18,000, which is right around what many firms in NYC give as a bar stipend


NY firms don't give a bar stipend, just an advance (including S&C).

If he's clerking, he may be working for S&C as a pre-clerkship SA while studying for the bar, which happens. Otherwise, sounds like a misinterpretation of the bar advance or a lie.

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Re: Possible to work at law firm while studying for bar?

Postby Sup Kid » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Sup Kid wrote:
Uncle.Joe wrote:Isn't that just a generous bar stipend?

Sounds like it. 6 weeks = ~$18,000, which is right around what many firms in NYC give as a bar stipend


NY firms don't give a bar stipend...

As an absolute rule, this is incorrect; I work at a V30 firm that gave us a $17,000 bar stipend (not an advance - we didn't have to pay it back). I will note that while it was better than the more typical advance, we had to pay for our own bar prep courses and bar exam fees.




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