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Working in LS

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 5:06 pm
by sf_39
I realize this is a common topic, but I tried a Google/forum search and couldn't find a match.

I'm currently enrolled in a full time program starting my 1L in August. I work from home/computer. Can normally get my daily work done with about 2-3 hours a weekday and devoting 3-4 on one weekend day.

I know you can't apply the same thinking to everyone as people have different study habits, routines etc. Just wanted to know if anyone thought that was doable in law school. Everyone I've met (minus my co-worker who is a lawyer) has told me I shouldn't work. I also believe my current work would be a helpful tool to help get me a job (as much as a non-grades/journal factor could be).

Appreciate any and all feedback.

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:04 pm
by buddyt
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0L here. It seems like 1L grades trump everything. If work interferes with that, no worky. If not, go ahead. But I look forward to hearing from others; I may attempt something like this in the fall.

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:06 pm
by Nelson
Technically you can't work more than 20 hrs per week as a full time 1L per the ABA. I worked from home as a 1L but my job was many less hrs than yours -- only 10 or so per week. 2-3 hrs per day is too much for a full time student.

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:06 pm
by rinkrat19
There's a reason why everyone is telling you not to do it. It's a bad idea 1L. 1L is just too important to commit to that many hours to not studying. What free time you have would be better spent relaxing. And then you get to exams and there IS no free time for several weeks.

Also, the ABA forbids full-time students from working more than 20 hours per week anyway.

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:03 pm
by sf_39
Nelson wrote:Technically you can't work more than 20 hrs per week as a full time 1L per the ABA. I worked from home as a 1L but my job was many less hrs than yours -- only 10 or so per week. 2-3 hrs per day is too much for a full time student.


Ok thanks. I think I could scale it back if I needed to. Not ideal, but think it would be possible.

Also for people who work for home, how does the ABA track that out of curiosity? Do you need to like file how many hours you work a week?

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:08 pm
by rinkrat19
sf_39 wrote:
Nelson wrote:Technically you can't work more than 20 hrs per week as a full time 1L per the ABA. I worked from home as a 1L but my job was many less hrs than yours -- only 10 or so per week. 2-3 hrs per day is too much for a full time student.


Ok thanks. I think I could scale it back if I needed to. Not ideal, but think it would be possible.

Also for people who work for home, how does the ABA track that out of curiosity? Do you need to like file how many hours you work a week?

Technically the school is in charge of enforcing it, since making sure their students (all years, not just 1Ls) don't break the 20 hour rule is a condition of remaining accredited. But cheating during law school is a great way to be rejected by the bar. You really want to risk that?

Re: Working in LS

Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 11:36 pm
by sf_39
rinkrat19 wrote:
sf_39 wrote:
Nelson wrote:Technically you can't work more than 20 hrs per week as a full time 1L per the ABA. I worked from home as a 1L but my job was many less hrs than yours -- only 10 or so per week. 2-3 hrs per day is too much for a full time student.


Ok thanks. I think I could scale it back if I needed to. Not ideal, but think it would be possible.

Also for people who work for home, how does the ABA track that out of curiosity? Do you need to like file how many hours you work a week?

Technically the school is in charge of enforcing it, since making sure their students (all years, not just 1Ls) don't break the 20 hour rule is a condition of remaining accredited. But cheating during law school is a great way to be rejected by the bar. You really want to risk that?


I didn't say anything about cheating. I was just curious how one would track that. In fact in that post I said I could scale back my hours to under 20. Thanks for leaping to that conclusion though.