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Hey, must (not) be the money

Forget six figures. Apparently some law school graduates are just looking to get paid, period.

Boston College Law School posted a job opening on the school’s online job bank that pays $10,000. And this is where it gets interesting: the firm, Gilbert & O’Bryan LLP, has already received 32 applications since the posting went up a week ago.

For those wondering, $10,000 adds up to less than minimum wage and rounds out to about $5 an hour. On top of that, the law school says its 2010 graduates earn a median of $160,000 a year at private firms.

As a law school official explained to the Boston Business Journal:

In this challenging legal environment, we feel that it’s better to post any opportunity that offers our graduates a chance to gain legal experience. Other job postings on the same site offer far more in terms of compensation. Of course there will be outliers on both the high and low sides, but our policy is to post any paid legal position that’s submitted from a legitimate source.

And the job is not without its perks, according to the posting:

This is an excellent position for a new lawyer or someone returning to a legal career, and a good place to learn how to practice law with real clients. … Benefits include malpractice insurance, health insurance, employer paid clothing allowance and an MBTA pass. Former employees have gone on to prominence in other firms, government and private practice.

While we at The Daily Record reported in April that law school students were optimistic about their job opportunities post-graduation, are students more desperate for work than we thought?

4 comments

  1. A clothing allowance?

    And yes, students are more desperate for work than you thought.

  2. I went to a well-ranked school (#15-18), graduated in 2011, and working an unpaid clerkship, which I had to fight to get. Before that I was working 100 hour weeks at a small, miserable firm and getting paid $50,000. People are much more desperate.

  3. I would love to see the post-grad employment and salary stats that most law schools put forth actually verified.

  4. Law students, of course, regularly participate in unpaid internships. While this news is disappointing, it’s not quite what it seems. The internship simply moved from in law school to one year out of law school. It also moved from unpaid to paid (albeit very small pay). This internship is almost certainly better than nothing.