Working with no Bar


mira

Hi:

I hope you guys are doing well in your LLMs/work life. I am not barred in my home country and not barred in the US. Im taking the NY bar soon. I received some sort of "offers" from partners who showed interest in my background. What shall i be telling these partners? Can I intern for them while waiting to be barred? Can I be a clerk or whatsoever? Thanks!

Hi:

I hope you guys are doing well in your LLMs/work life. I am not barred in my home country and not barred in the US. Im taking the NY bar soon. I received some sort of "offers" from partners who showed interest in my background. What shall i be telling these partners? Can I intern for them while waiting to be barred? Can I be a clerk or whatsoever? Thanks!
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Did you receive the informal offers after they viewed your resume?

As long as it is clear to them that you are not yet admitted anywhere but that you are in the process of taking the NY bar, you are probably fine to work for them. They will take you on as a legal clerk and supervise your work. You will have to put a special notation when you sign things (e.g. "NY admission pending" or "law clerk") but otherwise there will be little difference in the work you do before admission and after admission. It is very common for firms to hire people from school who are not yet admitted; it is what happens when they hire recently graduated JDs. They actually pay for the JDs to take the bar exam and their jobs are contingent upon eventual admittance to the bar within a certain timeframe.

If for some reason you believe they expect you to be already admitted in your home country, you may want to disabuse them of that notion. It's not clear from your post that they have any sort of expectation as to your bar status.

Did you receive the informal offers after they viewed your resume?

As long as it is clear to them that you are not yet admitted anywhere but that you are in the process of taking the NY bar, you are probably fine to work for them. They will take you on as a legal clerk and supervise your work. You will have to put a special notation when you sign things (e.g. "NY admission pending" or "law clerk") but otherwise there will be little difference in the work you do before admission and after admission. It is very common for firms to hire people from school who are not yet admitted; it is what happens when they hire recently graduated JDs. They actually pay for the JDs to take the bar exam and their jobs are contingent upon eventual admittance to the bar within a certain timeframe.

If for some reason you believe they expect you to be already admitted in your home country, you may want to disabuse them of that notion. It's not clear from your post that they have any sort of expectation as to your bar status.
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