Working in Law School

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chewy
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Working in Law School

Postby chewy » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:11 pm

Is it possible to take a four hour a day position with great benefits in law school?

I understand that time is crunched, but it would cover tuition at most schools I am looking at. Is it possible to still balance law school with this extra commitment?

lawschool2014
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Re: Working in Law School

Postby lawschool2014 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:21 pm

I may be wrong but I think you sign a contact that you cannot work your first year in a FT program

rando
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Re: Working in Law School

Postby rando » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:32 pm

^ depends on the school.

sknowl01
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Re: Working in Law School

Postby sknowl01 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:49 pm

From what I have read ABA standards require 1st year students to work no more than 20 hours per week, but I believe schools can further restrict this.

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Re: Working in Law School

Postby kalvano » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:40 pm

ABA accreditation requires that students work no more than 20 hours a week during their first years. Many schools require you not to work at all.

Regardless, it's a bad idea.

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Niddar
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Re: Working in Law School

Postby Niddar » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:52 pm

I took a work-study gig that pays somewhat decent (for workstudy) for 15hrs a week. I'm not worried because it seems like I'll be able to handle it and possible even study at work.

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Re: Working in Law School

Postby GatorStudent » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:57 pm

chewy wrote:Is it possible to take a four hour a day position with great benefits in law school?

I understand that time is crunched, but it would cover tuition at most schools I am looking at. Is it possible to still balance law school with this extra commitment?


It really depends on a case-by-case basis. I work approximately 10-15 hours per week during the school year, and I've done fine in law school. Some people can't handle it, though. If you can, waiting to get a feel for law school might be your best bet. After your first semester, you probably can figure out whether it would work for you.

Also, what type of job are you looking for after law school? For example, if you want to do a job that pays a low salary, keeping your law school expenses down to "merely" cost-of-living would be optimal.

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Re: Working in Law School

Postby Pip » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:19 pm

chewy wrote:Is it possible to take a four hour a day position with great benefits in law school?

I understand that time is crunched, but it would cover tuition at most schools I am looking at. Is it possible to still balance law school with this extra commitment?


Depends on the school you are going to... Not just what the school allows but also how structured the school is... The easiest schools to do that in would be those that also have a substantial number of evening courses, it would make scheduling your classes around your work schedule easier.

The other question is how much time do you need to prepare for classes. Some student will read every page they are assigned and study for hours for each class... others skim the reading or skip them completely using guides instead... it depends on what you are going to do and whether you can pull it off... no one knows that answer but you.

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Re: Working in Law School

Postby JustBelieve » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:39 pm

Pip wrote:
chewy wrote:Is it possible to take a four hour a day position with great benefits in law school?

I understand that time is crunched, but it would cover tuition at most schools I am looking at. Is it possible to still balance law school with this extra commitment?


Depends on the school you are going to... Not just what the school allows but also how structured the school is... The easiest schools to do that in would be those that also have a substantial number of evening courses, it would make scheduling your classes around your work schedule easier.

The other question is how much time do you need to prepare for classes. Some student will read every page they are assigned and study for hours for each class... others skim the reading or skip them completely using guides instead... it depends on what you are going to do and whether you can pull it off... no one knows that answer but you.


Yeah it depends on an individual basis. I asked this question and most responses said no.




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