Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

What did you do the year before law school?

This man is being praised for living in a van while planning trijocker12/04/17
Why not do something exciting before law school? You have al downwardslope12/05/17
I was a senior in college, making $12 an hour sorting freigh flyer1412/04/17
Bartending and working towards my ph.d. in a social science. thirdtierlaw12/04/17
I replayed Xenogears that summer. I feel like I'll never hav perkinwarbeck12/04/17
Working 70 hpw on average. For LS, I cut that down to 50 wutwutwut12/05/17
I worked as a chemist. bucwild12/05/17
Well, living in a van should be good preparation for the pos 6figuremistake12/05/17
With your law school loans the only thing you'll afford is a trijocker12/05/17
I worked as a reporter for a major newspaper. plumber12/05/17
Selling computer software. Left my job early to spend 5 wee jd4hire12/05/17
I worked in advertising for porn websites. The AVN conventio cocolawyer12/05/17
I worked in advertising for porn websites. The AVN conventio cocolawyer12/05/17
After graduating with a BA in English I started working as a junkwired12/05/17
Did you make enough money to pay for law school? A buddy trijocker12/05/17
No. The pay is not that great. I taught for two years in Jap downwardslope12/05/17
Downwardslope answered it. The money was okay - from 1,800 junkwired12/05/17
I worked for two years full-time between undergrad and law s legalwiter112/05/17
I was in undergrad and working part-time for nearly minimum fettywap12/05/17
I was in undergrad. isthisit12/05/17
AmeriCorps. dharamsala12/05/17
Entry level position in corporate banking. The pay was terr pauperesq12/05/17
I was in undergrad. After graduation (summer before law scho onehell12/05/17
Completed my undergrad education, and studied for and took t cacrimdefense12/06/17

trijocker (Dec 4, 2017 - 8:05 pm)

This man is being praised for living in a van while planning to hike the Pacific Trail.

If he really needed to save money why not take some high paying low level job like bar tending or construction instead of bragging about your suffering while you plan to go hiking.

"The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Sunday that Jeremy Kemp said he's been accepted into the University of Virginia's law school He's also applying to Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Kemp got his undergraduate degree from UVA in May. He's taking a year off before law school in 2018 and plans to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. In the meantime, he's living in a $5,000 cargo van he bought to save on rent. Kemp said the rental market in the area "doesn't make that much sense."


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/04/living-in-van-saving-on-rent-before-law-school.html

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downwardslope (Dec 5, 2017 - 8:54 am)

Why not do something exciting before law school? You have all life to be boring.

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flyer14 (Dec 4, 2017 - 8:30 pm)

I was a senior in college, making $12 an hour sorting freight at a nearby airport and living at home for free. I was cheap, and apart from beer and gas money I spent no money.

I’ve never had that much money in my checking account ever since.

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thirdtierlaw (Dec 4, 2017 - 9:38 pm)

Bartending and working towards my ph.d. in a social science.

There are days I wished I was still living that life, but even with my 6 figure debt, I'm making way more now or than I would have had I finished my ph.d. But I suspect my hair wouldn't be thining and my stress level would be a quarter of what it is now so a bit of a wash.

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perkinwarbeck (Dec 4, 2017 - 9:59 pm)

I replayed Xenogears that summer. I feel like I'll never have that kind of time again. I lived with my parents and made zero bucks.

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wutwutwut (Dec 5, 2017 - 1:44 am)

Working 70 hpw on average.

For LS, I cut that down to 50 hpw.

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bucwild (Dec 5, 2017 - 4:32 am)

I worked as a chemist.

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6figuremistake (Dec 5, 2017 - 8:09 am)

Well, living in a van should be good preparation for the post law school life.

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trijocker (Dec 5, 2017 - 8:40 am)

With your law school loans the only thing you'll afford is a mobile home?

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plumber (Dec 5, 2017 - 9:10 am)

I worked as a reporter for a major newspaper.

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jd4hire (Dec 5, 2017 - 9:10 am)

Selling computer software. Left my job early to spend 5 weeks in South America before moving cross-country to start LS.

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cocolawyer (Dec 5, 2017 - 9:57 am)

I worked in advertising for porn websites. The AVN convention was fun but there is no upward movement in that position

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cocolawyer (Dec 5, 2017 - 9:57 am)

I worked in advertising for porn websites. The AVN convention was fun but there is no upward movement in that position

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junkwired (Dec 5, 2017 - 10:13 am)

After graduating with a BA in English I started working as an English teacher in South Korea for 2 years and lived briefly in Hong Kong. It was an excellent experience, but there's a pretty low career ceiling.

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trijocker (Dec 5, 2017 - 10:15 am)

Did you make enough money to pay for law school?

A buddy claimed to have made 100k annually tax free teaching abroad, but I think it was in the Emirates.

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downwardslope (Dec 5, 2017 - 11:11 am)

No. The pay is not that great. I taught for two years in Japan with a year before law school because it was insanely expensive to try to apply from there, but the exchange rate was crap and Japan is kind of expensive. The really good savers could save $5k a year.

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junkwired (Dec 5, 2017 - 11:24 am)

Downwardslope answered it. The money was okay - from 1,800 to 2,200 a month - depending on the school. It was livable because ordinary expenses (rent, electric, etc.) were all paid for. I spent most of it on booze, food and electronics, and traveling around Asia. No regrets.

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legalwiter1 (Dec 5, 2017 - 10:41 am)

I worked for two years full-time between undergrad and law school. I worked as a full-time legislative aide after earning my political science degree (stipend of $1,800/month) my first year and then worked as an assistant editor in legal publishing my second year. I made pretty good money ($30k plus nice benefits) as an editor in publishing living with my grandparents rent free. I helped out a little around the house. I learned a lot living with my grandparents that year. I had a car and enjoyed living the single life with no debt, a car, my own room and bathroom, and a decent income for the first time in my life. I went to the beach and dated some girls. Income of $30k per year in 1999 is about $44k in 2017 dollars. I was able to save up to pay for my living expenses for my first year of law school. Those were good times.

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fettywap (Dec 5, 2017 - 11:05 am)

I was in undergrad and working part-time for nearly minimum wage at a department store.

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isthisit (Dec 5, 2017 - 11:39 am)

I was in undergrad.

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dharamsala (Dec 5, 2017 - 5:32 pm)

AmeriCorps.

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pauperesq (Dec 5, 2017 - 5:35 pm)

Entry level position in corporate banking. The pay was terrible and virtually no upward mobility.

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onehell (Dec 5, 2017 - 5:47 pm)

I was in undergrad. After graduation (summer before law school started) I was gonna just bum around but then I realized I needed money because loans wouldn't get disbursed until after law school had already started, and I needed the deposit for a new apartment that I would need to be moved into before the new academic year.

So I picked up the phone and called Robert Half, since I'd worked for them in prior summers. The next day they had put me full-time in the legal department of a health insurance company as a paralegal for $20 an hour. I was living with parents for the summer so with no rent to pay, it was a veritable fortune. I just needed to save up enough for that apartment deposit and the rest was gravy, since I would be getting the loan disbursal to live on once the law school year started.

Job also entailed very little actual work, mostly just sat around surfing the net and shooting the breeze with the in-house lawyers. Occasionally assemble some binder for the execs, answer the phones, or review some document for grammar. Then I would leave at 5:00 on the dot and go party with friends who for the most part were still in undergrad. Was a great summer.

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cacrimdefense (Dec 6, 2017 - 12:30 am)

Completed my undergrad education, and studied for and took the LSAT.

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