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zulor

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Working with contracts while in Law School
« on: March 10, 2006, 09:36:56 PM »
The Scenario:

I am a 2L law student.  Prior to starting, I put in 10+ years in the IT field as an engineer.  Being an independent contractor, I dealt with alot of contracts.  Currently, I have a certain IT company that wants me to handle their contracts (reviewing them, negotiating them, etc).  Law school has no doubt, given me an entirely new view on contract law from what I once had.  This company isn't asking me, nor would I try to, work in a legal capicity with these contracts.  They're asking me to work with these contracts the same way I would have in my previous career. I'm sure everyone is seeing the conflict that is starting here.

The Question:

Am I able to work for this company, in this capacity, without getting myself in some screwy situation with someone claiming I was acting in a legal capacity while in law school?  Because that's not what I'm attempting to do here, nor is it what the company is excepting. 
but since contracts are so tied to the law, it seems like a very thing line...

Let me know your thoughts on the matter.  I don't want to move forward with this if I'm going to get screwed here. 

I appreciate your comments/thoughts.


jdmaxey

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Re: Working with contracts while in Law School
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2006, 09:18:43 AM »
Ask you old K Prof. or maybe the Dean.

Jumboshrimps

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Re: Working with contracts while in Law School
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006, 11:51:51 AM »
sounds like a sticky situation.

You're a law student with free access to Lexis/ Westlaw. Find some cases and make a decision.

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Re: Working with contracts while in Law School
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2006, 04:17:18 PM »
First - if you feel that this is an ethical question, there are professors in your law school who deal exclusively with such problems.  It doesn't sound like a problem to me, but you shouldn't take your professional responsibility advice from geeks on discussion boards.

Second - how do you feel that law school has given you a new view on contracts?  In your first year contract class?  I don't think that I felt that.

Third, I'm curious as to why you'd want to take the work.

Erapitt

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Re: Working with contracts while in Law School
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2006, 04:28:06 PM »
There is nothing wrong with working as a contract administrator while in law school.  I am employed as a "contract specialist" for the federal government and they are paying for law school.  My job is to do exactly what you discussed: Analyze and negotiate contract proposals submitted from contractors TO the federal government.

The only way ethics comes into play is if you are negotiating a contract that you or an associate of yours could benefit from.  I.E., I, as a government representative, award my brother a multi-million dollar construction contract.  Catch my drift?
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