Asking for an advance on your clerkship bonus?

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Asking for an advance on your clerkship bonus?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:25 pm

I'm at a prestigious big law firm that pays out clerkship bonuses in two portions: the first half on your first day at the firm and the second half on your one year anniversary.

I've already received the first half, but a family-related emergency financial need has come up, and getting the second half early would go a long way towards solving a very stressful problem.

Have any of you ever heard of someone requesting an advance on a staged bonus? Is that completely crazy/out-of-line to do?


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Re: Asking for an advance on your clerkship bonus?

Postby 20181989 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:50 pm

I'm not at a "staged" firm, but I and several friends requested advances on clerkship bonuses. Firms seemed generally fine w/it. We weren't asking for >50% of the bonus advanced, tho, so YMMV.

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