Part-time here. She quickly caught up. My work was less understanding than they said, and I ended up working 60 hours a week. Eventually, I quit that job. I was ready, it was going to be hard, and it was so much harder than I thought. Part of this is that the people around you, while supporting you, cannot understand what you are going through. I`m thriving now, working part-time and practicing. I just did a review of the act. Moral of my story: Put yourself first. Make your needs known.
Be prepared to step away from the things you can to save your law school experience. I`m in the same boat. You won`t have time. It`s going to be tough. You will become depressed. You literally need to release negative emotions and go through them every day. Take advantage of breaks between semesters. Thank you for the reply. Would you say that most do not have part-time jobs? If so, do you think many law students come from families that can support them financially (so it`s not mandatory) or does the workload make it extremely difficult? The PT student here is finishing my year 4L. 29 years old and married, but no children. I liked the part-time program. I liked to be more personal, but with e-commerce, I save 5+ hours on the way to school.
I found that with everything that was via Zoom, I was able to participate more in clubs/programs because in my experience they are never geared towards night students or they would start at 5 and I would work up to 5 so no way to get there. I worked 30+ hours a week during school and worked as a paralegal. I mean, after school, I`ll make more money and I think it will help me to know the practical part of practicing law because I`ve been in business for 7+ years. My challenge, after 3 weeks, is to manage my time. My job is demanding, but I`m lucky not to bring work home. However, if I`m in class 3 nights a week after working a whole day, I`m a little exhausted. Not to mention all the readings I have to do outside of class. Obviously, it put a lot of pressure on my social life, but I was half prepared for it. What I wasn`t prepared for was constant anxiety because I feel like I`m always lagging behind, and the fact that many people in my class are still as competitive as I imagine full-time students (i.e.
there are several “gunners,” some brief each case they read, although it`s not mandatory – where to find the time??, etc.) What I didn`t expect. Some students have also just enrolled part-time to relax at law school and plan to switch to full-time next year. I have been working 15-20 hours a week since the beginning of 1L. This has kept my debt at a significantly low level and I also have strong professional references (I work for a company part-time). I always thought the jobs around school seemed great to me. Doing research for a professor had to be the easiest money I ever earned. The same goes for finding a few local solos who approached our school to get more hands on deck. If you work at the library, you can get a tuition waiver.
No need to look outside of school unless you know all the places are full I too went from full-time work/part-time school to full-time school/part-time law work. I got a job as a trainee lawyer in the appeals department of our state public defense office. The salary is definitely not the same as my previous full-time job with the state government, but it`s not bad for a law student and the experience is excellent. I think I did about 5 fun things this semester. The rest of the time, I studied, worked, or worked in class. I took Friday night off from my studies when I could, but most of the time I never had a break. In addition, my work suffered a lot and I did not have as much time to study for my final as I would have liked. Right now, I`m feeling exhausted.
I feel like my job isn`t the best, my education isn`t the best, my partner isn`t the best, and my family isn`t the best. But I chose that, and if I`m really committed, I like the torture of law school. In general, however, the Career Services Office won`t have much coding for you. You focus on three-year-old students who can follow normal schedules and it`s up to you to achieve them. isn`t ideal, as you`re probably the cohort that needs one-on-one support the most, but that`s the reality in most schools. What types of jobs have you seen successfully and unsuccessfully from law students? Is it even possible to keep a part-time job during the LS with all the work? I am currently a 0L and I am applying to attend law school part-time for the fall of 2014. I haven`t been to school in about 2 years, interned for a year for the county public defender, and now work as a full-time employee for a bankruptcy administrator. My work schedules are quite flexible and my boss is very supportive when I go to law school part-time, as he did. I work between 16 and 20 hours a week in general retail, and honestly, I think that helps me a lot.
I worked the entire undergraduate course, usually 2 jobs at a time plus an internship, and when I got to law school, I was blown away by the unstructured time I had. There is also a financial need, the help does not quite cover it. Part-time evening student here! It`s really, really difficult, but doable. You will not have free time 1L. But you know what you`re signing up for, you know? As one person said here, the relationship you will have with your classmates will be interesting. It seems that many day students for 1L with people from their department are almost as if they are back in high school. That was not the case with the evening students, as far as I know. For most, it`s just a second job. Everyone I know as an evening student shows up after 8 hours of work, goes to class three days a week from 6 a.m.
to 9:30 a.m., and then goes home to their spouse/children. For many full-time students, law school is synonymous with networking, socializing, and hard work. For night students, it`s all about hard work. I have befriended some of the people in my department, but for the most part, we all have our own thing and, as I said, we treat it more than anything else as a second job. I know a handful of people who do things like bartending and things like that just because it`s the highest hourly wage available as a part-time job, but it`s not common, and I personally wouldn`t recommend it unless you`re actually building your legal network that way (e.g., the bartender who befriends his happy hour regulars, who happen to be Biglaw`s partners, which almost never happens). Thank you! It may sound like a silly question, but have you just looked for client hosting jobs or approached companies to see if they would hire a law student? Former part-time student here (just graduated). It is certainly doable, but it is difficult. My best advice is to establish a routine from the beginning (at least as much as possible) and set expectations with the people in your life regarding your time commitments. Be diligent, keep track of your studies, and everything will be fine. But it`s not fun at all. I would do it again in hindsight because it was a good experience and saved me from the unemployment train I would otherwise have been in because of my bad grades (the bottom half, was closer to the fall of the bottom quarter of 2L). I still had a reasonable amount of time to study and practice martial arts 4-6 hours a week.
I have just been hired to lead a study group for some of the international LLM students in one of my courses. It`s like getting paid to study! I can vouch for part-time workers who are not working. Although the majority of them didn`t take advantage of it, I was always jealous. Most move on to the full-time program after the first year. This is not particularly common for the first year. I knew a few people who had part-time jobs in 1st year, but not many. What is really common is for people to do an internship somewhere and have part-time jobs in the second and third year. In my second and third year, I was working about 15 to 20 hours a week and 15 to 20 hours a week in a part-time job. That was basically the norm for everyone I knew. I`m pretty sure the ABA repealed all the rules. It is recommended not to work more than 20, but they do not prohibit you from working more than that.
I am a 2L and have always had a part-time job. There may also come a time when you need to decide to leave your job to pursue a legal summer, which is usually after the end of your 3rd year in the part-time program. I work FT and attend PT Evening – I will be studying law in 3.3 years, with aggressive summers and a busy semester.