Anonymous User wrote:pluto111 wrote:Weird question, but do any current or former clerks out there have the experience of having/getting a dog before going into the clerkship? I'm thinking of getting a puppy soon because I'll be at home all summer studying for the bar (online) with plenty of time to train and monitor it, but I'm worried about taking care of the dog once I start clerking. Has anyone done this (particularly with a puppy and not an older, lower maintenance dog)? Any tips
My co-clerk did exactly this. She got a puppy three months before taking the bar and spent that time training it. Now that she's clerking, she lives right next to the court house and runs home for lunch to let the dog out. She also takes the dog out before/after work. It's definitely somewhat limiting, but doable. Doggy daycare is also an option if you can afford it - I have several friends that got dogs while studying for the bar and take them to doggy daycare during the day.
Certainly nothing you could expect or count on, but my judge would have let you bring your dog to work.
ETA: You should think beyond your clerkship though. Are you headed to biglaw after that? Pretty tough to take decent care of an animal as a junior associate.