Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

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Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:26 pm

As a 1L summer, Blank Rome advanced me 1 week's pay about a week or two before the summer program started. I plan on being pretty poor towards the end of the semester so I'm curious as it whether this is standard practice. I will be at a different firm this summer.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby malibustacy » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:39 pm

How did they know your account? Did they just send a check in the mail? Firms are usually super clear about this kind of stuff, and you have to usually request an advance.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:30 pm

malibustacy wrote:How did they know your account? Did they just send a check in the mail? Firms are usually super clear about this kind of stuff, and you have to usually request an advance.


It was a paper check that was included with welcome materials.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby rpupkin » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:34 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
malibustacy wrote:How did they know your account? Did they just send a check in the mail? Firms are usually super clear about this kind of stuff, and you have to usually request an advance.


It was a paper check that was included with welcome materials.

No, that is not standard.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby juzam_djinn » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:08 am

biglaw to 190k

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:32 am

DPW offered a salary advance for this summer. It's dope

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby rpupkin » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:34 am

Anonymous User wrote:DPW offered a salary advance for this summer. It's dope

Sure, but did the "offer" come in the form of an unsolicited paper check that arrived in the mail?

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:39 am

rpupkin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:DPW offered a salary advance for this summer. It's dope

Sure, but did the "offer" come in the form of an unsolicited paper check that arrived in the mail?


No. That, admittedly, is pretty weird

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:15 am

Blank Rome is known to this. Happened to a guy I know a couple years ago.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby PeanutsNJam » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:35 pm

You're going to be at another firm? So you turned down their offer after they gave you a check?

Or you turned them down already and then they gave you a check?

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:40 pm

PeanutsNJam wrote:You're going to be at another firm? So you turned down their offer after they gave you a check?

Or you turned them down already and then they gave you a check?


I think s/he got the check last summer when s/he summered at Blank Rome, and wants to know if its typical and if s/he can expect a similar check this year prior to starting at a different firm.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby PeanutsNJam » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:44 pm

I don't have experience with asking for advances but I'm sure if you tell your firm you can't make rent the month before your SA starts, they'll help you out.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:50 pm

PeanutsNJam wrote:I don't have experience with asking for advances but I'm sure if you tell your firm you can't make rent the month before your SA starts, they'll help you out.


It won't be that bad and I don't want to ask. It would have been nice but oh well.

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Re: Surprise summer associate salary advance. Is this standard?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:59 pm

Jones Day gave out some relocation stipends for last summer's SAs. I think it was like 1k minus taxes or something. The advance is probably meant to help with moving expenses



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