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Unpaid Clerking 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 3  
Many users email us at Legalnut asking if we are aware of any legal/law clerking positions. Due to the current economic environment, many firms are scaling back on paid staffing positions. However, for those of you that are searching for learning opportunities, i recommend that you consider contacting law firms and inquiring about unpaid volunteer positions. As the users of the forum have said many times before, its not always about what you earn, but rather what you learn. The skills, knowledge and connections you make while clerking can prove to be very valuable and assist you throughout your career.
 
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Re:Unpaid Clerking 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 0  
the problem is that you cant deposit free in the bank steve. LOL.

I get what you are saying and its a good idea.
 
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Good luck even getting into a firm offering "free" labor - firms just are not taking on law clerks unless you have clerked there before or you are top 10 with law review editor on your resume.
 
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Today was my first day clerking for a solo practitioner and all he did was complain about the practice of law. Its was rather annoying and disappointing. I really dont even want to return to his office. Anyone else have a similar experience while shadowing an attorney?
 
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I start an unpaid clerking position at a solo practitioner's officer tomorrow. I also have an interview next month with a large firm. I am hoping that i can gain some experience form the solo office that will help me excel at the large firm, should i get hired.

I dont mind volunteering to get some experience, as it is hard to come by considering there are many law school grads with no work.

Beggars cant be choosers.
 
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Many unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws in states such as Oregon and California and other states have begun investigations and fined employers
 
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