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Have any new/young attornys needed to moonlight in order to make ends meet and save for the future? First year associate at a small PI firm, making base 60k. Haven't been able to save much since I started as I need to pay $100/week for insurance and have other necessary expenses. My gf is a first year gov't attorney and is working additional shifts to supplement her income and I feel like I should too. Feel a bit degrading applying to a night security guard position at $15/hr but might need to

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It's not degrading. There's no shame in working jobs to pay your bills or earn some extra money, regardless of what your educational background is. Hopefully, you will be able live off your primary job eventually, but until then, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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If you are young and don’t have kids and are able to meet your billable requirements, then you should strongly consider it. It will be harder to earn that extra money doing side work later and the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better. Your money will grow more with time and interest by putting anything aside now then waiting until later. Or, pay off some debt so you have more flexibility later to jump ship if you’re unhappy. If you start feeling burned out, then back off. You may be surprised how amazing it feels to have a job that you clock out of and don’t have to think about until you clock back in.

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don't know why it would be degrading. Plenty of people do it, assuming your job allows it. When I was first starting out, I was in house part time, searching for my own clients, and I took on a fellowship to make ends meet. Didn't work non-law jobs, but I know others who did.

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Nothing degrading about that. In fact, take pride that you are doing what you have to do to make it happen. Idk if you have kids or anybody else that looks up to you, but they'll eventually recognize your work ethic and definitely respect you for it.

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I tutor 4-6 hours a week. I work for a few hours after I get ‘done’ at my law job. I negotiated my pay so I get paid a decent hourly wage but the extra hours have been helpful. I put done in quotes because I take my laptop home and work if need be to keep my hours where they should be. I do not have kids so this works for now.

In law school I worked as a security guard and a tutor. Security guard gig is NOT worth it - the pay is less and you’ll honestly just feel your mind going numb because there is no brain power applied for hours on end. Teach LSAT courses - some places pay 25/hr or more and once you come up with a lesson plan you can apply it to multiple students. Another thing, is if you have trade skills you should do that - painting, plumbing, etc. they pay a lot and you’d be more able to do one-off jobs

I have been mostly unemployed since graduating in 2017. I have law clerked a few short term gigs at small firms and worked at the pharmacy of Walmart. I struggle to make ends meet, but I also graduated from a “Third Tier Toilet” with bottom GPA. I’m currently trying to get back into retail but COVID has shut my town down and I have no safety net or outside support. I’m in my 30’s and I still have to walk to work when I have a job. I do some online gigs like data entry for pennies on the dollar sometimes when Amazon Turk has bids I qualify for. There’s no shame in just trying to get by. Some of us were meant to lose, but hopefully not for the long run. Take what you get. I’ve learned most people on Fishblow haven’t struggled and don’t know what it’s like to struggle because they come from better lives.

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