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I have this great opportunity to work up to 5 hours every Saturday on local radio (usually 2-3 hours), but I'm starting 1L next month. I can build a lot of ties in the community which will be very useful to me as a lawyer. It's not a demanding or stressful job. Does anyone have any experience holding a job while in law school ? Thoughts on managing 5 hours a week while in school...

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Other posts here suggest that while it's not recommended to work 1L, it's certainly manageable if it's under 10hr/week and you know you can handle it/have experience working during school already. Might give you a nice 'break' from school-work. Plus, some do work 1L because they absolutely have to anyway, so it's not unheard of.

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2 hours ago, SELIM said:

I have this great opportunity to work up to 5 hours every Saturday on local radio (usually 2-3 hours), but I'm starting 1L next month. I can build a lot of ties in the community which will be very useful to me as a lawyer. It's not a demanding or stressful job. Does anyone have any experience holding a job while in law school ? Thoughts on managing 5 hours a week while in school...

Yeah you can definitely do that. 3 hours on Saturday mornings is like... less time than most 1Ls spend hungover in bed on Saturdays. You’ll be fine 

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I wish I had had a part time job in 1L. It would have been a welcome distraction. Especially as it's only 5 hours a week I'd say go for it. It's great to have something non-law school related to focus on.

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I have no idea why someone would not be able to manage working 5 hours a week in 1L. I mean, really. How much time can people spend studying?

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4 hours ago, TheLegendof said:

I have no idea why someone would not be able to manage working 5 hours a week in 1L. I mean, really. How much time can people spend studying?

Lol. Just wait

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6 minutes ago, BlockedQuebecois said:

Lol. Just wait

Wait til what? I finished 1L with excellent grades, a job, and an abundance of spare time.

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21 minutes ago, TheLegendof said:

Wait til what? I finished 1L with excellent grades, a job, and an abundance of spare time.

Ah, i thought you were going into 1L. 

I don’t know if you noticed, but many students spend an absolutely insane amount of studying. I never understood why, but it’s absolutely true that many 1Ls couldn’t handle a job and study the amount they want to 

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5 hours ago, TheLegendof said:

I have no idea why someone would not be able to manage working 5 hours a week in 1L. I mean, really. How much time can people spend studying?

26 hours a day

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Do it. You will be busy but it's not going to be crazy busy. Do something that can allow you to get away from the law, law students and lawyers.

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5 hours is more than manageable. Plus, if you didn't have a job, then you should've tried to fill that 5h/week slot with an extracurricular. 

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