Monday, October 7, 2013
Thank goodness the ABA is proposing to eliminate Standard 304(f), the 20 hour limitation on employment of fulltime law students. This Standard, which requires law schools to assure that no fulltime 2L or 3L is employed for more than 20 hours per week (1L's are not allowed to be employed), has always been difficult to enforce. More importantly, it is a rule that requires fulltime students to finance their eductaions with loans, rather than income they can earn while in law school.
If a student can achieve passing grades, there is no ABA limit on how much time she can spend working on a law journal, competeing in moot court, volutneering with other student organizations, or playing video games. It has never made sense that a law school must prohibit a student in good standing from working for money.