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Work Outside of Law School

Work Outside of Law School
« on: September 08, 2010, 12:31:46 PM »
Just curious,

How many hours do you think the typical 2L or 3L works during the semester outside of law school (like at a firm or agency)?

Re: Work Outside of Law School
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 03:05:17 PM »
I thought law students can only work 20hrs a week per ABA guidelines

Re: Work Outside of Law School
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 08:08:12 PM »
I don't know what the average is, but any limits might depend on the school/program, not just the ABA. I'm hoping to get accepted into a part-time program at an ABA approved school and can work as many hours as I want all three years. An option for those of us that have mortgages, etc  :)

Re: Work Outside of Law School
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 04:47:34 AM »
Just curious,

How many hours do you think the typical 2L or 3L works during the semester outside of law school (like at a firm or agency)?

I don't know what's typical across all schools, but at my school it was typically zero.  People who worked during the year were the exception.

Re: Work Outside of Law School
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 09:15:51 AM »
"Standards for Approval of Law Schools," the American Bar Association mandates that law students enrolled in more than 12 class hours may not work more than 20 hours per week.

Re: Work Outside of Law School
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2010, 11:15:32 AM »
"Standards for Approval of Law Schools," the American Bar Association mandates that law students enrolled in more than 12 class hours may not work more than 20 hours per week.

This is correct, and it is acknowledged (if not monitored) at most schools.
Some students are involved in clinics where they get work experience and credit during the semester.  I went to a T2 and I imagine only about 1/4 or 1/5 work during the semester (for paying jobs)