Just finished my first year, but have 3 to go since I'm a part-time student. I have a great job right now that pays really well, plus I make extra money doing independent contract work. Unfortunately, neither are in the legal field. I've been looking at clerkships and various positions at local firms, but they only pay a fraction of what I make now. So the transition is going to be painful. At what point do I really need to get a law-related job? I talked to someone who kept her (non-law-related) job and got a part-time clerkship, but I'm not sure how well I could swing a job, a clerkship, and maintain my GPA. Any thoughts?
Even though my current job is not law-related, I would think (or hope) that employers would realize that the process of going to law school while also working full time requires superb time management and organization skills.
Quote from: chi2009 on June 05, 2010, 12:10:04 PMEven though my current job is not law-related, I would think (or hope) that employers would realize that the process of going to law school while also working full time requires superb time management and organization skills.Sorry I missed your earlier question - I'm most interested in finance or tax law. I've done some networking in this area, and my tax prof has offered to give me a research assistantship on an article he's working on. I know there are some internships with the IRS in town and I've just started looking into those. I've looked generally at various firm positions, but the compensation for most of them is horrifying. Alternatively, I could take something similar as an externship and get credit for it instead.I currently work about 40 hrs/week, with 25 - 30 of those at an office job and 10-15 as an independent contractor. I have much more flexibility with the latter. I'm by no means wealthy, but I make a comfortable living with minimal student loans. The good thing about my office job is that I fulfill a variety of functions, which has broadened my skill set. It's a fairly small office, and I started out doing mostly PR/marketing and office management. But because of a series of unforeseen events, including the sudden death of a coworker, I've taken over all the accounting/bookkeeping and the regulatory compliance stuff we have to do for state licensures. And the company is highly flexible with my schedule. My grades are fine (top 10%), but not sure how much that will actually matter in this situation.