Part-time at another firm before SA begins?

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Part-time at another firm before SA begins?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:33 pm

Mid-size firm offered me part-time gig from now until my SA begins, and picking up again during 3L.

Here's the catch: the mid-size firm does plaintiff's work in the same field as my SA, where I will be doing almost entirely defense work. If I accept the part-time, it would very likely create some conflicts of interest that I would need to disclose to my SA firm.

Thoughts?

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Re: Part-time at another firm before SA begins?

Postby eerie_erie » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:59 pm

My gut tells me no. Likely you're trying to get a permanent offer from your SA right? Even if the firm gives 100% offers, it still might be bad for your future work if you're unable to build relationships with partners and associates on some of their most important key matters.

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Re: Part-time at another firm before SA begins?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:53 am

I'd have to agree, no on this. Deliberately creating conflicts of interest for yourself like this would, I imagine, indicate poor judgment. Also, because you'd have to disclose them immediately, if they did care it would start them off with a bad impression of you. As common sense and many studies have shown, first impressions really matter. Assuming you really want the SA job to turn into a permanent offer, I think this is too much of a risk.

Sorry, I bet it's tempting.

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Re: Part-time at another firm before SA begins?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:52 am

Call your firm and candidly ask.




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