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For current students:

 

 

 

Can you work during 1L and still maintain good grades? How many people do you know in your class that work part time jobs? The prospect of no money coming in for eight months scares me.

 

 

 

Anyone have any experience with work-study programs? How do you go about getting one of these positions?

 

 

 

For those attending LS next year:

 

 

 

I am hoping to get a decent chunk of money from Osap. (available mid april I believe?) I will also have to get a professional line of credit from Royal Bank. Are there any other funding programs/scholarships/bursaries that I should look into and possibly take advantage of?

 

 

 

I am curious how people are planning to pay for the next three years.

 

 

Edited by: gcameron at: 4/3/05 12:09 pm

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Hey, from what I have read, they strongly DISCOURAGE outside employment during law school, or at least during first year. Check out some of the schools websites, they may their guidlines/policies/advice there for you....

 

 

 

 

 

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If law schools are actively discouraging employment during the study period, one wonders why they hire so many RAs during the school year.

 

 

 

If paying for law school is going to be a challenge for you, and taking a job during the school year could make the difference for you, I highly suggest looking toward schools that offer interesting/decently paying part-time jobs that are related to your studies. I was lucky to work at the law library in first year (only a few hours a week, but you're basically being paid to study). It's so easy to waste enormous amounts of time in law school. If you're not going to be reading cases 24 hours a day - and you hardly need to do this to do well - you may as well earn some money during some of your free time.

 

 

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