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Can You Hold a Job and Work in Law School?

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It seems like I've been talking a lot about how expensive law school is. So it's natural for students to want to reduce those costs. One way is to get scholarships aka free money. Free money is great. In fact, free money is my favorite kind of money. But that's not an option for some law students. So one option that students often ask me about is working during law school. The allure is obvious: make a little money to defray the cost of school (or to make a little spending money). Getting a job doesn't require financial need. Nor does it require special academic performance. So a job could open up some opportunities that might not be available in the context of scholarships. More money is always good, so what could go wrong? A lot can go wrong. I recorded a video that talks about how much can go wrong if you prioritize the wrong things in law school, second job included. Getting a job while being a full time law student is being penny-wise and pound-foolish. ======================================================== Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ ——————————————————————————
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Transwarp Media (1 day ago)
what about with a extra source of income, like from renting tiny homes? would starting some passive income before entering college or law school be benefitual for people?
Transwarp Media (1 day ago)
+Just a normal average guy ah ha, i figured as much. sure, and again, not the most wiset straigey. what im saying is, invest in cheap land thats maybe 10 to 15k, if not a bit more expensive, and have some passive income started so that you can pay some of the costs for college and law school while minimizing debt. and i thank you for seeing my channel, i haven't been able to stream anything on it since im still in the process of moving, and stuff. however, if you want too, you can see how im progressing by visiting gab.ai or my twitter page. i hope to hold many degrees in civil engineering, holistic medicine, and others. researching and learning new things has always been my passion, ill admit. i also admit, ive been on government income since i was 19 months and diagnosed with autism, but im in the process of getting rid of that. im hoping to make my projects come to life by 2024, in the meantime, please don't hestiate to watch my channel if you want.
I hold graduate degrees in Mathematics and Linguistics. I don't know why Business school would be different because it's the same structure and program as other graduate programs (excepting Law, Medicine, etc). That's fine that you want to collect rain water, grow an organic garden or use a compost toilet to save money while you're in law school maybe but that's not most (or any other) people here who are looking for the advice he's offering. Edit: Just saw your channel/videos. Makes a little more sense now...
Transwarp Media (1 day ago)
+Just a normal average guy you didn't answer my question, of what degrees you hold, but whatever... i didn't expect a answer anyways. i do plan on going to college, i rather not get myself into student loan debt, like oh i don't know, most of my generation. i plan on working hard for my education, not have it handed to me on a sliver platter. just because my ideas seem silly to you, doesn't mean i can't get them started and test them out.
"Going to collage." You didn't go to college. Like I said, you're living in a completely different world than most people looking to go law school.
Transwarp Media (1 day ago)
+Just a normal average guy so making sure to literally own some land and build a few tiny homes for people to rent out of, and then going to collage and then law school, just to have a higher wage, is silly? how? and what graduate degrees did you graduate in? what is law, or business? if its neither, then how would you know? i lived in rural tennessee since i was in diapers, ive moved to rural kentucky where its cheaper, cost of living wise. i looked up prices for land in rural tennessee, and rural kentucky, and compared them myself, to land in urban areas like nashville, and lexington. i can tell you, its near dirt cheap buying land in small town usa, than it is in metro areas. a lot of times, its near dirt cheap on property taxes too. ive researched ways to live off grid, diying a lot of off grid projects saves tons of money and cost too, and the prices for solar cells go for typically 30 to 50 bucks per 100 stack on ebay. wind generators are a bit more expensive, and you can custom build one so you can have a portable power station. again, there is many other ways to do such stuff, to cut back on expenses. sure, if you rent, you can't really do much but hunt and fish to cut back on food, but even then, with how much meat prices are now, its cheaper to hunt and fish for the food, than to buy it from the grocery store. you'd have to get a hunting or fishing license, and go to a nearby fishing area or hunting area, but again, better than spending 1000 dollars a year on meat, and throwing maybe half away. this comment is already a literal essay, so just research rainwater collection systems, and herbal remendies and how the immune system really works and come back to me, on rather or not my ideas are "silly".
Sciencenerd (2 days ago)
Why am I watching this? I have nothing to do with law school.
Dave Hogue (3 days ago)
Nice reference to Bob Loblaw's Law Blog lol
Kevin Torge (3 days ago)
Wish I had known this before graduating Law School. For all of you guys out there, I completely​ agree with LegalEagle here.
neocomp92 (3 days ago)
20 hr per week work is the same limit applied to UK study visas
mirasga (9 days ago)
I was consistently in the top 10% of the class and my name a common sight on the top exam scorers list. When I started working my grades dropped significantly.
Tyler Taber (15 days ago)
Well that’s not great news. I’m a single dad going to law school next year haha. These videos are great though, very enjoyable and motivating!
SinnedNogara (23 days ago)
Luckily UNM is only 17,000 for in-state residents. Hoping to get there one day.
Christian Jones (24 days ago)
Objection, I have gone to your site for the free law checklist several times, and have only gotten responses trying to sell your pre law workshop.
Victor Lopez (24 days ago)
I’m not a pre-law student, but I still love these videos! Haha.
jingerstorm (16 days ago)
Alessandro Grosso (29 days ago)
Sometimes it is not a choice, you are forced to work
Dee Anna (1 month ago)
I worked holidays and summers in veterinariary school because I couldn't afford not to. Does law school have holiday and summer breaks? Between 3rd and 4th year, we did not have a break, so I could not work the summer. To make up a little for that, I worked some weekends and evenings during 3rd year. It was incredibly difficult even though it was only 10-15 hours per week.
Rox X (1 month ago)
50,000 a year for law school??? In the UK it's 9,250 a year and I thought that was a lot!!!
BlueCosmology (18 days ago)
Don't forget in the UK you can go to law school fresh out of secondary school... In the US it's $50k a year for law school... After already spending $50k a year for 4 years on another degree.
Timothy Sprague (1 month ago)
Lol give me a break..who HAS the luxury of not working while going to law school? You're going to be slaughtered during your first year at any major law firm, working up to twenty hours a week just to get your 'feet wet.' If you CAN'T handle a job and law school at the same time, maybe rethink being a lawyer altogether. This is the 21st century buddy, you can't reason like this, sorry.
Solus (1 month ago)
I love the bloopers at the end.
raspycellist (1 month ago)
Yet, video game designers and studios will make WAY more than attorneys every will. GTA 5, did about one billion dollars in 24 hours of its release.
Everette Bradfute (2 days ago)
They are worked to near death or insanity and paid bumpkis
raspycellist (28 days ago)
+LeVarBurger Really, well if that's true, then how have the two guys that made "Super Meat Boy" made in excess of fifteen million since its release?
LeVarBurger (28 days ago)
I don't even know where to start... That's not how things work at all. "Designer" is a position...a studio encompasses dozens or hundreds of employees. A software engineers salary is not going to change based on revenue any more than a standard yearly increase. Maybe a bonus, maybe. Guaranteed a lawyer is making more out of the gate if they are top 10%.
raspycellist (1 month ago)
+Al Lee How do you know that, because I don't think that's true. I've known some game designers.
Al Lee (1 month ago)
Most video game designers and members of the studio wont see 80-90% of that because there is no or minimal profit sharing. Most will get paid the same salary as a starting lawyer (maybe a bonus based on profit) and the rest goes to the upper management/owner/board.
Ashley Light (1 month ago)
I'm planning to go to Law School. I was watching the other day a girl's vlog; she spend around $1,000 in her 1L books at Cornell. I have no idea what I'm going to do, because I'm preparing for the LSAT... She said that books are not part of the financial aid also... I mean... I'm so stressed out :(. Do loans cover the coast of that?
Ashley Light (1 day ago)
+QuadraxisTheGreat Thanks for your answer :).
QuadraxisTheGreat (1 day ago)
yes loans do cover books at least they do for my undergrad degree
king james488 (2 months ago)
being a lawyer is such a rich kids club >.>
Frederick Abel (13 days ago)
Is this addressed to me? I’m not in law school and I go to a pretty average university.
king james488 (19 days ago)
I'm sure it's hard to fill your fathers shadow... you really don't need to though. he already bought you into law school and will die before you do.
Frederick Abel (19 days ago)
Those rich kids still have to work their asses off though.
halonianj9 (2 months ago)
Hey Legal Eagle, (and law students) did you or do you know of anyone who went to law school while in the military reserves? If so does it seem doable or was the person struggling too much to justify attending the full time program?
Roberto VM (2 months ago)
I study law and work two jobs. I can't tell you how much I wish I didn't have to work to maintain myself. I envy my classmates. I've still managed to maintain some pretty good grades, but I feel I could do a lot better if I could focus entirely on learning the law. A shame.
A Williams (7 days ago)
+LegalEagle He doesn't state how many hours he does though (it could be 3 hours at each job). Also, several friends worked evening shifts in stores or as security personnel where they just sit at a desk all evening studying and reading while getting paid. So it wasn't that different to studying at home.
Roberto VM (15 days ago)
Hi Fozzy Ozzy. I like that name! Anyway, I'd say the answer to your question is necessity. I grew up in a poor family, so I started working as soon as I could. I worked all the way through my science degree, worked for a while as a teacher, and currently work during law school (which, in Spain is a 5-year LL.B.+LL.M.) -- I may choose then to do an LL.D. I've never had the option to NOT study and work at the same time. Has this affected me? No doubt. I've never had much of a social life, I'm tired, and I've lost out on a lot of youth. Would I have done things differently if my family had been able to pay for my housing, etc.? Almost certainly.
Fozzy Ozzy (16 days ago)
Roberto how do you do that? How did you develop the ability to handle that sort of load?
Roberto VM (2 months ago)
Yes. Plus little sleep during the semesters.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
Full time law school?
ChristophProbst (2 months ago)
I have a freelance paralegal job that takes a few hours per month, but I used to have far more hours. I had to seriously cut back shortly after I started a law reader program. I couldn't work and retain the information. I felt so guilty and inadequate cutting back on hours, but I have to focus on the studies so I can pass the bar. It made me feel better to recognize that most law students don't work and study the law at the same time.
Diego (2 months ago)
Finished law school while working nights, will finish paying my school by the end of this year yaaaay. Can't find a job in profession, because of my work experience -,-. My advice is take the bloody loan enjoy life!! Like my mate, he is now making shit load of money and finished paying dept. 3 months ago...
Oren Lev (2 months ago)
Did you have time to do other things besides study when you were in law school? Does waking up earlier help in any way?
A P (2 months ago)
This really depends on the person. I did a full-time job 40 hours per week, whilst also completing full-time law school and did very well.
QuadraxisTheGreat (1 day ago)
+A P That's a lie. Unless you were in the middle of your class
A P (1 month ago)
Cool story. Maybe for you it is. Working/studying 60 - 80 hours a week isn't difficult. It just takes commitment. Have you even been to law school?
BillDaBurgerEater (1 month ago)
This is BS. Unless you went to a third tier law school, what you are saying is completely unrealistic.
FishAntsPlantsAndDave (2 months ago)
If your living expenses are 20-30k a year you need to kill yourself.
Sun Kim (3 months ago)
I love your videos! can you please do videos regarding the LSAT, applying, etc.
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
You're in luck. This week's video is all about how I got into law school including my issues with the LSAT. Check back in a few days.
Stephen Miller (3 months ago)
Do you have any info on getting a 1L associate job, or another 1L summer paying job.
Emil Filipov (18 days ago)
What is 1L?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
I've interviewed and hired more summer associates than I can count. I should do a video on that...
Dineshwar Balakrishnan (3 months ago)
Hey legal eagle ,I just finished my A levels and have not started my pathway to becoming a lawyer.What is the pathway to become a lawyer?What do I do to get into a law school ?If I finished law school successfully,will I hold a law degree or a Masters?
Tamarah Zammimba (5 days ago)
People don't really care how you get your law degree. When I went on my internship my mentor and loads of other trainees/lawyers had a GDL, they weren't treated any different by their colleagues in the firm.
A Williams (6 days ago)
+Tamarah Zammimba Thanks Tamarah - I'll read up on it. I was wondering - do you happen to know whether lawyers in the UK look down on the GDL compared to an LLB? Law can be a very pretentious field with heavy emphasis on where you studied and who you know, but then again, if the GDL is compressed it would probably be quite difficult, so perhaps law firms might view it quite favourably?
Tamarah Zammimba (6 days ago)
"The course fits approximately 18 months' worth of content from a three-year law degree into one year full time or two years part time. Each week you will have around 45 hours of lectures, tutorials, and self-study culminating in a three-hour final exam on each subject." Law conversion courses | Prospects.ac.uk Yes, I'm sure.
A Williams (7 days ago)
​+Tamarah Zammimba Are you sure? In New Zealand and Australia students have to complete a full 4 year law degree, even after completing a degree in another subject. Having a degree already just saves one semester since the elective classes in 1st year can be taken from the old degree, but the remaining 3.5 years of full-time law classes (roughly 28 law classes) must be completed by anyone who wants to practice law in NZ/Aust. I find it hard to believe anyone would hire a lawyer in the UK who had only completed a Grad Dip for 1 year full time...that barely scratches the surface of legal studies.
Tamarah Zammimba (2 months ago)
In the UK you have two main pathways to become a solicitor or a barrister. You can go to university and take law as an undergraduate degree, then you take the LLP to become a solicitor or the Bar Exam to become a barrister. If you choose to become a solicitor you have to find a two year training contract, if you choose to become a barrister you have to through pupillage. The second route is to take a different subject in university rather then law, then taking a GDL ( a graduate diploma in law) for 1 year full time or 2 year part time, then you go through the same process of finding a training contract or pupillage at an Inn. To make the process easier for you to become a lawyer make sure your course has LLB (Bachelor of Law) tagged at the end or infront. This means your course is credited by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and the Bar Board. This is what allows you to take your LLP or Bar Exam later. A simple honours (hons) degree means you have to fight to get your points credited every year. If these aren't for you then look into CILEx routes but people rarely take these routes.
Louiee (3 months ago)
I need some advice. I’m about to graduate top of my class as a double major from college (English and Business major). I got a full ride so I don’t have any debt and I have a good amount of money saved. I’m 22 years old. I know I want to go to law school, but I’m not sure if I should start working and get at least one year work experience as a paralegal or apply to law school and go straight from undergrad to law school. If I start working, I can start making money and continue to save (I would try to pay off the law school loans as soon as possible) and have more time to study for the lsat, but I would also delay my law school graduation until I’m about 27 years old. Advice anyone?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
A couple things: getting paralegal or legal secretary experience doesn't really help that much for law school (it might help getting a running start in a law firm upon graduation, but not really law school itself). Yes, you can make money before law school, but you might also be delaying earning a lot more when you work as an attorney (opportunity cost works both ways). I went straight through.
Elle K (4 months ago)
Thank you for always sharing realistic advices. I have a question as someone who speaks English as a second language. I want to attend one of the top-tier law schools but I am worried that I will have an "extra difficult" time than other students whose mother tongue is English. I am well aware that law school is difficult for even students who speak flawless English. But I am just scared that my lack of English skill compared to other natives will prevent me from doing well in a law school. I just graduated from a pretty well known undergraduate school and during my stay there I wished that English is my first language whenever I felt stuck writing a paper. Also, I sometimes stutter when I present in front of many people because I feel nervous about my English. When you were in a law school, did you see students who speak English as their second language? May I ask if you remember how well they did in school?
Elle K (3 months ago)
LegalEagle Thank you for your reply! I went to UCLA undergraduate and I am hoping that I will get into UCLA law!
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
I did go to UCLA. Go Bruins! There were students who had english as their second language. I don't know how they did grade-wise, but it did seem to be a little more difficult for them. More important though is their writing skills. Based on your comment, your english writing skills seem to be pretty good. Law school exams don't require flowery language, quite the contrary. They require short logical sentences. So if you type fast and write well, you might do fine (and might have an advantage). An alternative route is to get a law degree in another country and then get an LLM from a US law school.
Elle K (4 months ago)
By the way did you attend UCLA? I thought I saw a UCLA cap on your video thumbnail for 5 things to buys.
james kile (4 months ago)
Great advice but how do you pay for rent/gas/food without a job? You can take the debt on the loans but the grocery store still isn’t free
Jaymelee Everdeen (1 month ago)
MissZoey007 lol yes I have my degree and I am fully certified in my state to teach. I just really like law especially constitutional law
MissZoey007 (1 month ago)
Jaymelee Everdeen why? Are you really a teacher (do you already have a College degree)...unless you are really into law
Jaymelee Everdeen (3 months ago)
That worries me too. I’m a teacher but want to go to law school. I have car payment and rent and insurance to think about and thought about law school as a part time student.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Law school loans include tuition and living expenses. Same deal in college.
Son Gohan (4 months ago)
Does it matter whether you attend a Cal State or UC if you want to get into one of the UC law schools?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Not very much. Law schools care mainly about your LSAT score and a little bit about your grades.
Liza Bennett (4 months ago)
I have a very part time job. I teach ESL for 2 hours max each day. My minimum job requirements are 6 hrs of work each week. I’m debating if I should take a leave of absence or just work the bare minimum each week. I’m truly conflicted, I need/want the money and there is no stress. But I want to be in the top 10% so I can transfer to my dream school.
Emil Filipov (18 days ago)
Need or want? Because there is a pretty big difference between these 2 words.
J (4 months ago)
If you’re playing the transfer game then you really need to quit that job
Liza Bennett (4 months ago)
LegalEagle I really appreciate your response. I value your opinion. I am going to take off until the winter. Work during the break and then take off again in the spring.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
I wouldn't want to lose two hours a day in my 1L year. Later years maybe.
Emily Odermatt (4 months ago)
Or.... you can take on a job where you can study at work. #JustThoughts
Emil Filipov (18 days ago)
Nah.. Either work or study.. So you either work and don't study. Or you study but don't work and then bitch about 200k debt that you consciously took :-D #Logic
Za Ria (4 months ago)
hey...do you have any mooting tips for law school?
Za Ria (4 months ago)
LegalEagle Thanks!
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Oh, that's a huge topic! I'm a champion moot courter, so I've got lots to say on that. I'll add that idea the list.
It's Princess! (4 months ago)
Hey there! I can totally relate to the video since I'm a working law student and I'm on my third year. I'm currently running a small business and although it might sound dreamy, things can get stressful at some days. If you have the means or you can afford to pay the tuition, I suggest you focus on studying full time especially on your first year since it will be your main foundation. Law school is a jealous mistress. It takes so much of your time and energy. Focus on the goal of becoming a lawyer.
aangita (4 months ago)
Thank you both for the advice. Princess -- whoa! a bakery! I bake desserts for fun and for years my friends and family told me to open a shop. I breifly worked at a bakery and realzied that was not for me. I love making desserts for people but it was so much pressure to decorate! >_< Kudos to you for starting a business while in law school. LeagleEagle -- My work is sp specefic I really wouldn't be able to hire and train anyone in time. The work is very simple for me and I dont get stressed about what I am actually doing. Though I could see myself getting stressed out due to lack of free time. I am just extremely worried about carrying a mountain of debt. Luckily my school's tuition isn't as bad as others (considering it's still an excellent institution) but after crunching the numbers, it's creeping close up to the $100k. :O
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Could you hire someone to do the work during your 1L year? If you could pick it up again in the summer, that would be ideal.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's not impossible, but man it takes a toll. 1L is crazy enough with only law school to worry about. By 3L you pretty much know whats going on and you can probably govern your time accordingly.
It's Princess! (4 months ago)
aangita Hello there! Thank you! I'm currently running a small cake business and I've handled it since second year. As for my first year, I did work on the first semester as a banker but I stopped during midterms because it was getting stressful. Well, if that's the case, then you don't have to end your business. The key to law school is time management. If you can personally assess that you can handle the study and work load effectively, you don't need to make any more sacrifices. Just make sure you're certain about your availability especially during exam week because it can get really bloody. If you firmly believe you can do it simultaneously, you need not stop your business.
aangita (4 months ago)
It's Princess! What industry is your small business? I have a small consultant (medical billing) business and I am trying to decide if I should stop my contracts this August. The work is very easy for and I only have to be in class Mon-Thur (so I'd work on my clients work Fri & Sat). Did you have you business in your 1L years? Also--- congrats to almost being done!
Nada Mustafa (4 months ago)
Im started to call myself a legaleagle 😭😭😭
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Nice. Do it!
Nada Mustafa (4 months ago)
it really is not worth it!
Waffle's Games and Music (4 months ago)
What do you think would be the average time off of school? Start of class to end would be nice. Thank you.

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