LS-boundNYC wrote:So I have a dilemma, and I'd be interested in hearing my classmates' thoughts. I'm in the Evening Division, and right now, I'm planning on working one part-time job averaging 20-hours a week. I'm now in the second phase of an interview with a VERY desirable non-profit for a second part-time job that would be 15-20 hours a week. Neither job is legal, but each is substantive in its own respect. I feel like this is do-able, but would I be shooting myself in the foot if I took both jobs? Maybe I just need a cold dose of reality to shock me out of this...
Very hard to say. My job is about 35 (sometimes 40) hrs/wk but I have a family, too. I have lots of friends who worked Hard Core 40 hr/wk gigs and did quite well in school; my concern would be juggling the 2 positions. Honestly? Your 1L grades are SO IMPORTANT that I would just take one of these jobs and try to parley the other into a summer gig.
just wanted throw my $0.02 as a fellow evening student (entering my 3LE year). i agree with what nygrrrl said, specifically the importance of 1L grades, but my personal advice would put a slightly different spin on it: I would suggest to only take the second job if it will help you (in a somewhat significant way) pay for school/rent. otherwise, i just think your schedule may bit a bit jumbled, in fact, maybe too jumbled.
with that being said (and i hope to not contradict myself), you should be prepared to have A LOT of free time as an evening student working only 20hrs/week. i personally work 50-60hrs/wk, but that is one job, and my focus is on that one place, not multiple. you should use this extra time not only to prepare for classes/exams, but also to do things you enjoy (socialize, exercise, enjoy nyc). i personally think the problem with most law students who do not experience a great deal of success is that they eat/sleep/breathe law school
let me know if you have any other questions about going to school while working