Holding A Job As A Law Student
Law school, like any form of undergraduate. graduate, or postgraduate education, is expensive, especially since a law student also loses the income that he or she would have gained from working. Some students are lucky enough to receive some form of financial aid, but not all are so fortunate. For a good part of the last century, the notion of working and attending law school was foreign to most students who believed that there was no time to work and study the law.
In 2020, times have changed, and many students need to work as a means of paying their tuition and their monthly expenses. Some students may be married and have a family, thus, financially responsible for not just themselves. More present-day law schools, like the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA), recognize that a fair number of students must work while attending law school. The CDTA utilizes a learning platform that utilizes tools, technologies, and applications that especially facilitate law school to the working student.
The American Bar Association imposes a 20-hour employment limit on any law student enrolled in more than 12 class hours each semester. Because twelve class hours is typically the maximum for part-time students, this rule, effectively, only applies to full-time law students. Students at the CDTA take only nine class hours per semester, thus allowing them the ability to hold a job and work as necessary.
Much of the traditional advice about working while in law school assumes that a student will take more than twelve hours of classes each semester. Typically, working while in law school is not recommended, especially during the first year. Starting law school with a focus that is undivided between work and school may be a course of action to which all students would adhere in a best-case scenario, but this is not always possible, especially for married working adults. Since its inception, the California Desert Trial Academy has met the needs of working students and will continue to do so in the future.
The California Desert Trial Academy has served the residents of the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley for nine years. It won’t be long before we joyously and proudly celebrate our tenth anniversary! At CDTA, The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a 21st Century law school tailored to meet the needs of working people. Any lawyer must study and know the law. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. At CDTA, we train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.