RA during 1L

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RA during 1L

Postby Fark-o-vision » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:28 pm

So, I think the title implies the question, but I'll ask anyway. How possible/plausible is it to RA during your 1L? I know, not working at all is the general advice, but I don't see how it could hurt if you found a professor who wasn't rushing you (i.e., you could put in 10-15 hours a week) and it might be a great way to defray some of the cost. The biggest issue I see with it is, what professor would want a 1L, especially first semester?

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Re: RA during 1L

Postby Cavalier » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:52 pm

I'm an RA now, but I'm not working on a very time consuming project (most of the hours were done over spring break). If a professor has a small project that requires 10-20 hours total, you have nothing to lose by taking it as long as it's not close to exams, but a commitment of 10 hours per week is too much, IMO. Yes, you could certainly manage 10 hours per week, but it's nice to have free time to spend on something other than the law.

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Re: RA during 1L

Postby dbt » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:14 pm

one of my friends RA'd during 1L but only when the professor randomly sent out an email needing help. It's evidently very uncommon for anyone to RA during their 1L year since it's 1L, professors hire 2L+ usually, and your 1L grades are so crucial that you don't want any time constraints.

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