B90 wrote:ABA rules require that full time students only work up to 20 hours per week. If you work more than 20 hours per week, the rule says you must enroll in a part time program. The ABA "strongly advises against" working AT ALL as a 1L. It is up to the individual school to "police" this, or risk losing accredidation.
Here is how this plays out:
Law schools don't give out work study grants to 1Ls, nor do they employ 1Ls (day students).
If your law school has a part time program, you will likely need to sign a contract promising to not work more than 20 hours while enrolled in law school as a full time student. If you are not asked to sign such a contract, it likely means your school does not care about retaining accreditation (either because it is respected enough to not have its accredidation in danger or the Dean is ignorant).
You should also be aware that your resume is part of your part app. and some states contact employers. This could cause C and F issues. Furthermore, state bars routinely request copies of your tax returns, which will show how many hours you worked during law school.
Lack of disclosure, real or perceived, can lead to lack of bar admittance.
The old rule has been repealed.
https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam ... eckdam.pdf
However, at the end of the day, no one on this board cares what OP (or the other poster) does. If someone wants to risk their first-semester 1L grades on working 8-16 hours a week, that's up to them. Maybe it won't make a difference. Maybe it will. The couple thousand bucks you'll make over the course of the semester is surely worth the gamble, right?