Taking a Job ON TOP Of Full Time RA?

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Taking a Job ON TOP Of Full Time RA?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 08, 2013 12:19 am

I am a rising 3l with hilariously bad summer prospects after transferring. I had taken an "internship" with local city government which is unpaid and offers pretty much 0 chance of leading to employment because the city pretty much only hires attorneys with at least 2-3 years of experience anyway. My only hope with that position was building some form of meaningful connection that may have given me SOME post-grad job lead.

A couple of days ago a professor asked me if I wanted to RA for the summer, which, unlike the internship I accepted, pays (though, pays really awfully - that is besides the point). However, this RA is considered "full-time". I am wondering if I could just keep the local gov. internship and RA on top of it? Neither one are going to be particularly stellar (read: useful at all) in my long-run job search, so I prefer the RA simply to make a little $, if I could only have one.

I am asking because I have never RA'd before, but if I can get the RA work done with diligence due to my excessive free time, would keeping the government internship be a sleazy move? Is it something even allowed to begin with? Like I said, I doubt either of these things will be particularly useful overall to finding a permanent job, but they can't hurt either. I am also feeling around here a bit first before I straight up ask my professor if I can do both, because if that's a shockingly stupid question I'd rather not ask it to begin with.

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Re: Taking a Job ON TOP Of Full Time RA?

Postby rad lulz » Wed May 08, 2013 12:34 am

Your school offer summer funding for city atty?

Ask your prof if it's possible to do both

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Re: Taking a Job ON TOP Of Full Time RA?

Postby hiima3L » Wed May 08, 2013 11:18 am

It's going to depend entirely on the jobs and your bosses' expectations.

I worked full-time with a 20-30hr/wk RA position my 1L summer. It was doable, but it was doable because both were very flexible (read: I did 90% of the work remotely) and neither were that challenging.

Just be up-front with the prof about RA-ing. He/she will fully understand if it'd be taking on too much.




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