Bar expenses at small law firms

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Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:33 pm

Just found out that I will be getting a full-time offer at the firm I'm currently an SA for. The firm only has about 30 attorneys (in the Philly market). I know that large law firms almost always pay for bar expenses, but does anyone here have any experience for smaller firms? I'm not really expecting much, but I was hoping that at least the exam fee would be covered.

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Re: Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby SmokeytheBear » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:37 pm

Refine what you mean by "bar expenses," because even some top firms don't pay for them, they just advance you the money.

Do a search on here for "firm benefits"

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Re: Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:39 pm

I meant the costs to take the bar exam and a prep course. I'm certainly not expecting anything for living expenses.

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Re: Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby deadpanic » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:38 pm

I would be real surprised if a small firm paid for a bar prep course. Those are what, 2,500-3k? That is quite a bit for a small firm, especially when the older partners are probably thinking what the hell do you need a bar prep course for.

It is more likely they will pay the exam fee and let you take time off to study. Ask a young associate.

(Just a shot in the dark based on experience. It will obviously vary by firm.)

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Re: Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:17 pm

My small firm didn't pay for the course or exam fee. In fact, when I asked they said nobody had ever asked them that before (great job there by yours truly). They do pay our bar dues though.

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Re: Bar expenses at small law firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:14 am

I'm joining a 30ish person firm, and they paid for my bar prep course and exam fee.



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