There’s an interesting email we received that is better addressed by community members who were working students in law school. The email (identities to remain hidden) goes: “Hello and good afternoon Attorney! I would just like to know how difficult it is to study law while having a full time job? What are the chances of success of a working law student in hurdling the difficulties of law school? I work as a pharmacist in a small pharmaceutical company, and I really wanted to study law, yet I don’t want to give up my job.”
I have lots of friends who are working students while in law school. There is, in fact, a section in UPLaw exclusively for working students. We called it the “evening class”. I believe the survival rate for the “evening” class is no different from us in the “day” sections. Let’s listen to what they have to say.
Rocky says: “I worked full-time as part of the tax team of a Big 4 audit firm while earning my law degree. Looking back, I’d say I took things one day at a time. When people ask me which one is my priority, I’d say, it depends on the requirements of the day. You have to accept the fact that there will be days where you have to skip school to prioritize rush projects at work (this can be done when you’re not on deck for recitation, the professor doesn’t check attendance, etc. etc.). But I really took study leaves (at least 2 days per exam per subject: the exam day itself and the day prior) during midterms and finals and maximized it so I can do well in my exams. During summer breaks, I’d take on large engagements at work so I can show my bosses that I’m capable of handling complex projects.”
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