iminlstrick wrote:To the OP (thanks in advance!): I know 1Ls aren't supposed to work, but there is something about crippling debt looming ahead for me (200k-ish with interest) that makes me cringe. So what are your thoughts on a 10-12 hour/week job that would bring in roughly $16,000 over the academic year, money that would go straight to paying off that debt?
I would not do it. That's not to say that it can't be done, but I personally do not think it would be worth it.
Really though it depends on how flexible it is. Is it something you have to go to 10-12 hours a week every week, or could you take time off near finals? Is it set hours, or work from home?
The thing is, during the semester, working 10-12 hours a week is possible, though tough - it just means you'll work instead of working out, socializing, doing activities, etc. But having to work 10-12 hours during and immediately before finals would be absolutely unmanageable (in my opinion).
Either way I wouldn't do it. Personally, I would have found making friends/connections and really devoting myself fully to law school to be more worthwhile than any money I would have made. But if your job is flexible enough, it's doable.