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People who have lateraled to a big firm in a jx they weren’t barred (and had to take the bar): How hard was it to find a position? Do firms generally pay for this? Or will they give you a bar leave, etc so you can start before being admitted? Any knowledge would be helpful!

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The laterals who have taken the bar at my firm have gotten 2 weeks off to study (although they generally were given less work in the month leading up to the bar). I’m not sure if the firm pays for the prep course, but at least one attorney who lateraled studied on his own and didn’t take a course.

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All of our laterals who need to take the bar again are given the month of the bar off, plus we pay for the bar exam and (I believe) the bar study course. I don’t know about other firms for sure, but I would expect most firms to do this. Also, if it’s not explicitly offered, there’s no shame in trying to negotiate for it during the hiring process.

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I lateraled, but I took the UBE and transferred to another UBE jurisdiction. It was a non-issue. I also mostly do administrative law, so even more of a non-issue. This might have been useless but maybe helpful if you’ve taken the UBE?

I wasn’t able to take the UBE this summer because of covid. We got diploma privilege instead. So I am wondering how it might look down the line.

I lateraled into a new jx and had to take the bar. Firm paid for prep course and offered 4 weeks, but I ended up with 6 (by asking). I had a steady workload until my last week, then I was pulled off work and basically started studying a week earlier at the office.

If I remember correctly, my firm gave an out of state lateral a month off to study for the bar.

We brought in a lateral who needed to take the bar and paid for Barbri, plus he had a slow workload during the course as s result of being new. I think he took three weeks completely off pre-exam.

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