To go full time or not….

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Congrats on making this far in law school, plus another degree! I just wanted to let you know that 3L year of law school is 100% easier than 1L or 2L year. At least in my experience. So you might be able to swing a full time job.

But I will say this: If you ever think you might want to leave your job and use your law degree in a firm environment or such, I would be worried about anything that would detract from my resume. There are so many law grads out there and so few jobs, that one detracting point, like a low GPA (not that yours is low, but one or two semesters can have a huge impact), may hurt you in the end. So I would be cautious of taking on anything more than you already have.

Of course, if the career you are in now is your end-goal, then I think that the small possibility of a lower GPA is not that big of a deal. If you have a job you love now, why not give it your attention now, when you have the full time offer? Especially given the law job market right now.

However, I am pretty sure that the ABA has rule that full time law students cannot have full time jobs. I am not sure if your law school is the ABA accredited kind (we have several that are not in my State) or if you think anything would come of violating that rule, but it is something to consider.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your final year. Soon you will be Mrs.Blah, Esq.

P.S. The MPRE is much easier that your typical law school exam. You will do great!

Post # 5
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBlah:  I would say that I am. But my FI would say no, haha. I work as a permanent law clerk with the Court of Appeals in my state. You don’t have to be bar licensed to do it, technically, but I am anyway and so is everyone else who does my job. My fiance, who I met in law school, is a criminal defense attorney. We’ve only been out of law school for a couple of years, so we can definitely remember these stressful times.

Good luck with whatever decision you choose!

Post # 6
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2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hey, I’m a social worker too!  Given how much more comfortable you sound with the demands/expectations/PAPERWORK at your current job, I’d say go for it.  It might be a hectic year but it sounds like you really want to!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsBlah:  good luck with whatever you choose.  i just want to say that i truly admire your focus and dedication to your education/career as well as your family.  i too had my son at a very young age and worked very hard balancing all of my expectations and goals.  all the best.

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