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Contract Work as a Student

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:37 am

I've taken Professional Responsibility and understand the issue of the unauthorized practice of law. However, I am trying to get some real, practical experience on my own and have been approached by a few small companies (based in OH and CA) looking for some legal/business help. The type of work they would like me to do is likely reviewing some contracts and company policies. To what extent can I work with these companies in a legal capacity?

I have read over this great resource from the ABA but wanted the input of others:
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/ ... eckdam.pdf

Thank you for your help.

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby holdencaulfield » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:52 am

Sounds like a bad idea unless you are supervised by a licensed attorney.

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:30 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've taken Professional Responsibility and understand the issue of the unauthorized practice of law. However, I am trying to get some real, practical experience on my own and have been approached by a few small companies (based in OH and CA) looking for some legal/business help. The type of work they would like me to do is likely reviewing some contracts and company policies. To what extent can I work with these companies in a legal capacity?

I have read over this great resource from the ABA but wanted the input of others:
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/ ... eckdam.pdf

Thank you for your help.


So they want legal advice? Yeah no.

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby Lockfast » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:29 pm

That sounds exactly like the unauthorized practice of law unless you've got yourself a bar number.

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:32 pm

That's what I thought. I'm just trying to get some practical experience and begin specializing, but I guess that will have to be restricted to school-sanctioned work and courses until I pass the bar. Thanks again for the input.

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've taken Professional Responsibility and understand the issue of the unauthorized practice of law. However, I am trying to get some real, practical experience on my own and have been approached by a few small companies (based in OH and CA) looking for some legal/business help. The type of work they would like me to do is likely reviewing some contracts and company policies. To what extent can I work with these companies in a legal capacity?

I have read over this great resource from the ABA but wanted the input of others:
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/ ... eckdam.pdf

Thank you for your help.


So this is just an idea and I'd like to see what others think.

So, small business owners can draft their own contracts, write their own incorporation documents etc. What if OP asks his company whether they would make him an minority owner, and maybe plus a small salary then as an owner he could draft their contracts using knowledge learned from school/other relevant legal experience. This way it wouldnt be unauthorized practice of law correct?

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Re: Contract Work as a Student

Postby Sup Kid » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I've taken Professional Responsibility and understand the issue of the unauthorized practice of law. However, I am trying to get some real, practical experience on my own and have been approached by a few small companies (based in OH and CA) looking for some legal/business help. The type of work they would like me to do is likely reviewing some contracts and company policies. To what extent can I work with these companies in a legal capacity?

I have read over this great resource from the ABA but wanted the input of others:
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/ ... eckdam.pdf

Thank you for your help.


So this is just an idea and I'd like to see what others think.

So, small business owners can draft their own contracts, write their own incorporation documents etc. What if OP asks his company whether they would make him an minority owner, and maybe plus a small salary then as an owner he could draft their contracts using knowledge learned from school/other relevant legal experience. This way it wouldnt be unauthorized practice of law correct?

Anyone else find it ironic that OP is asking for legal advice on whether he can provide legal advice as a student, to a forum that is mostly law students?

OP - if this is really something you want to do, pay an ethics attorney for an hour of her time and let her tell you what you legally can and cannot do. Don't take chances by trying to get legal advice from TLS...




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