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jimmythecatdied6
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Switching firms after my clerkship... Benefits question

Postby jimmythecatdied6 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:29 am

So, I switched firms halfway through my clerkship, and the firm I am now with pays a bar stipend of 10K. I didn't use any of my previous firm's money to pay for my bar expenses, so I spent a pretty decent amount out of pocket. If I ask my new firm to reimburse my bar expenses, is there any chance they'll agree? Anyone else have success negotiating similar benefits?

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emciosn
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Re: Switching firms after my clerkship... Benefits question

Postby emciosn » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:46 am

This answer really isn't that helpful unfortunately but it really depends on the firm. I'm just wrapping up a clerkship and my co-clerks (about 6 or so of them in the courthouse--decent sample size) had mixed results negotiating fringe benefits. Some were able to negotiate clerkship bonuses/moving expenses/etc. and others were completely stonewalled. It seems that large, national firms tend to be more bureaucratic and thus less flexible. At that sort of firm I am guessing you may not have the best of luck--you'll just get what everyone else coming off a clerkship gets, no deviation whatsoever. At a boutique or even maybe a biglaw firm that is essentially NYC only, you may have more luck (seen examples of both). These sort of firms have a little more flexibility I guess (or maybe aren't worried about setting a "bad" precedent for future hires).

I will say that it doesn't hurt to ask. Don't feel like you will offend or annoy anyone by trying to negotiate these sort of fringe benefits. This is a business and I think the people you will deal with at the firm by and large get that. Just be tactful and know when you throw in the towel if/when you are beat. HTH.

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Re: Switching firms after my clerkship... Benefits question

Postby jimmythecatdied6 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:03 am

Very helpful. I am doing a flyover DC clerkship in a courthouse with virtually no other clerks, so I definitely don't get those anecdotes.




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