New Job!

I had an interview yesterday for a law clerk position. It's at a nearby firm and their specialty is something I'm interested in practicing after graduation. I thought it went pretty well... I could tell he really liked my resume. A couple hours after I got home, I got an e-mail - offering me the job! Hooray! :)

The pay isn't spectacular - $20/hr - but considering how few jobs are out there, and the fact that I could be hired on as an attorney after graduation, I'm pretty happy. :) It's a $6/hr pay boost from my current job, but it's going to entail a LOT more work (worth, imo, at least a $15/hr pay boost :p)... drafting wills, reviewing contracts, sitting in depositions, researching, etc (no more hours sitting around studying and getting paid for it). But I do need this kind of experience; it'll look good on my resume, and it'll (hopefully) be kind of fun.

I'm going to be working 15-20 hours per week (starting the Monday after finals end). I could've worked more, but I'm volunteering at a domestic violence clinic and have several summer classes, and I need some time to get in shape... I can up my hours to 30 at any time. At 15 hrs/week, this will net me about $1050 per month - enough to cover my rent (and then some, if we move to a much cheaper place).

It does still pain me that this is less pay (and more work) than when I was a legal assistant... but I guess I have to keep in mind that, in the long run, that position wouldn't have helped my career.

8 comments:

Esperanza said...

Congratulations!
Experience is usually worth a lot.

The Lost Goat said...

Way to go! Any foot in the door at a firm you might want to work at is worth a pay cut, or at least it was when I was in law school during the last recession.

Serendipity said...

Its sounds like you weighed out the pros and the cons and made a sound judgement. Way to go on getting a new job w/ more pay!

Sallie's Niece said...

Congratulations! Good to know there are some legal left out there! Good luck at the new job. Hopefully you'll like it and will have at least one option for after graduation.

Fabulously Broke said...

That's fabulous! Really!

$20/hour is great. Nothing to sneeze at esp since it's a starting point. A launch pad!

Sunflowers said...

Thanks for the support everyone! :)

Midwest Chick said...

Congrats! It sounds like this will help you out in the future, so it's well worth it now!

Sunflowers said...

@Midwest Chick: Thanks! I hope so :)

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