What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

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What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby corporatelaw87 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:46 pm

I ask because while this isn't the case with most people I was supported through college. Now that I am on my own I am wondering how you guys make cash. Even a part-time job would be hard to balance I imagine. As a 1L when research jobs may not be available i am curious how to make a buck. On a similar note, those who worked for a long time, lets say 5 plus years, how do you compensate with at one time being paid a steady salary for a while and now not having a good flow.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby CKuleba » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:47 pm

I'd be interested to know the same.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby Kohinoor » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:52 pm

corporatelaw87 wrote:I ask because while this isn't the case with most people I was supported through college. Now that I am on my own I am wondering how you guys make cash. Even a part-time job would be hard to balance I imagine. As a 1L when research jobs may not be available i am curious how to make a buck. On a similar note, those who worked for a long time, lets say 5 plus years, how do you compensate with at one time being paid a steady salary for a while and now not having a good flow.

You live poor rather than run the risk of taking on extra hours and ruining your law school investment.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby tinman » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:57 pm

I've been stripping on Thursday's and Friday's. It's good money, flexible hours, and I always have dollar bills for the vending machines.
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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby chadwick218 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:57 pm

I met at 1L who went to St. Louis University who "danced" for money. I won't tell you where I met her though ...

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby jnorsky » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:57 pm

You could think of law school as a job. The government pays you 65 grand to go. You spend 45 on tuition, 10 grand on living, 10 grand on drinking. Then you pay it back later. Thats how im thinking of it

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby chadwick218 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:05 pm

jnorsky wrote:You could think of law school as a job. The government pays you 65 grand to go. You spend 45 on tuition, 10 grand on living, 10 grand on drinking. Then you pay it back later. Thats how im thinking of it


The ABA has a very strict hours requirement on the # of hours that you may work.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby leron » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:06 pm

i turn tricks, but not during finals

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby chadwick218 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:10 pm

leron wrote:i turn tricks, but not during finals


how close do you live to chicago ... a few months still remain between now and finals

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby kurla88 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:20 pm

I think most people live off some combination of savings + student loans.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby Aeroplane » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:21 pm

corporatelaw87 wrote:I ask because while this isn't the case with most people I was supported through college. Now that I am on my own I am wondering how you guys make cash. Even a part-time job would be hard to balance I imagine. As a 1L when research jobs may not be available i am curious how to make a buck. On a similar note, those who worked for a long time, lets say 5 plus years, how do you compensate with at one time being paid a steady salary for a while and now not having a good flow.


As a general rule, don't count on making any substantial amount of money during the 1L academic year. Expect that your loans & savings (if any) will be your entire income for that time. Unlike a lot of people, I don't think that working during 1L is inherently a bad idea, but a job that is flexible & accomodating enough to be done w/o impacting 1L grades is highly unlikely to result in significant income (as always, YMMV).

You should be able to get at least a little more money in the summer if you're motivated to do so: at your legal job (SA, corporate in-house intern, RA), as a grant from your school, as a grant from an outside source, or at the very least at a non-legal job you do PT in addition to your unpaid legal one. You can also work over breaks if you have the opportunity.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby thalassocrat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:23 pm

jnorsky wrote:You could think of law school as a job. The government pays you 65 grand to go. You spend 45 on tuition, 10 grand on living, 10 grand on drinking. Then you pay it back later. Thats how im thinking of it

:lol:

I think some combination of loans/financial aid and savings is TCR, though some also have SOs or parents/other family helping out.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby mikeytwoshoes » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:44 pm

Gigolo, I also sell organs of which I have two, but only need one (Eyes, Kidneys, Testicles). The latter route can be lucrative, but you need to maximize your monetary gain. The former route is another story altogether.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby mikeytwoshoes » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:49 pm

CKuleba wrote:I'd be interested to know the same.

I demand a temporary "tag-ban." Mods, show us the "tag-ban" rule is more than a paper tiger.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby mac.empress » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:06 am

tinman wrote:I've been stripping on Thursday's and Friday's. It's good money, flexible hours, and I always have dollar bills for the vending machines.


Went to a strip club on Friday and got an offer to work there anytime. Do I get health and dental?

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby cubswin » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:08 am

Do many students teach or tutor LSAT while in law school?

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby jnorsky » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:12 am

chadwick218 wrote:
jnorsky wrote:You could think of law school as a job. The government pays you 65 grand to go. You spend 45 on tuition, 10 grand on living, 10 grand on drinking. Then you pay it back later. Thats how im thinking of it


The ABA has a very strict hours requirement on the # of hours that you may work.


I dont think you understood my post, it was a joke...sort of

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby chadwick218 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:15 am

jnorsky wrote:
chadwick218 wrote:
jnorsky wrote:You could think of law school as a job. The government pays you 65 grand to go. You spend 45 on tuition, 10 grand on living, 10 grand on drinking. Then you pay it back later. Thats how im thinking of it


The ABA has a very strict hours requirement on the # of hours that you may work.


I dont think you understood my post, it was a joke...sort of


Oh, I know ... I shouldn't have quoted ... just replied.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby macattaq » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:58 am

Hustle.
Do odd jobs for people in your neighborhood.
Pick up some easy on-campus employment. The law library and undergrad library are the usual suspects. Sometimes you can find on-campus work that only wants a grad student. These pay more, and are a bit cushier. Whatever you do, make sure your job entails lots of sitting, and you'll be golden.
Use a skill that you had prior to LS and make some money from that. Lifeguarding, math/science/language tutoring all come to mind.
Sell plasma for drinking money. You get ~$20 and you instantly become a lightweight. Win-win!
Sign up to do clinical trials, if they fit your schedule.

Just get creative, and don't operate with a perspective that goes something like the following: "I am a law student, therefore, anything that involves using my hand or non-law muscles is beneath me." If you do those things, you won't hurt for extra money.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby fortissimo » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:11 am

My friend works as a GSI/TA and has all her tuition fees covered. She is basically going to law school for free. It requires 20 hours of work a week though, but she was able to secure a position in a department outside of her undergraduate major.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby steve_nash » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:12 pm

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:27 pm

mikeytwoshoes wrote:
CKuleba wrote:I'd be interested to know the same.

I demand a temporary "tag-ban." Mods, show us the "tag-ban" rule is more than a paper tiger.

ITT ordinary posters learn how worthless their "demands" are.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby mikeytwoshoes » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:58 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
mikeytwoshoes wrote:
CKuleba wrote:I'd be interested to know the same.

I demand a temporary "tag-ban." Mods, show us the "tag-ban" rule is more than a paper tiger.

ITT ordinary posters learn how worthless their "demands" are.

In fairness, I'm just one ordinary poster and I knew how worthless my demand would be.

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby underachiever » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:06 pm

kurla88 wrote:I think most people live off some combination of savings + student loans.


+1...plus being very thrifty, i.e. i spend 35$ a week on food (fruits, veggies and chicken) & only go out 1 night a week to save $

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Re: What do you do for money in Law School, especially as a 1L

Postby XxSpyKEx » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:33 pm

Become a pornstar.




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