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Employment Questions on App

Postby Platopus » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:21 pm

How important is it to get the dates of my previous employment (high school / college jobs) correct on schools' applications. They aren't on my resume, and I no longer have those old paystubs, so I have only a rough estimate of the start/end dates for some of these jobs.

I don't want to run afoul of anything with the bar, so I'm not sure how thorough I need to be in digging up some of these old records.

Any input is appreciated. And to be clear: these jobs aren't going on my resume for law school, just on the employment tab of the application since it requests "All Employment - including internships"

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Re: Employment Questions on App

Postby cavalier1138 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:23 pm

If it's something within the last 10 years (I believe that's the cutoff for the bar), then it can be important down the line. It's totally irrelevant now, but the employment list you submit to schools is going to be the basis for your bar C&F stuff on employment history.

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Re: Employment Questions on App

Postby Platopus » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:13 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:If it's something within the last 10 years (I believe that's the cutoff for the bar), then it can be important down the line. It's totally irrelevant now, but the employment list you submit to schools is going to be the basis for your bar C&F stuff on employment history.


Sorry, but does this mean I need to dig through all my old records and make sure I have my start/end dates 100% correct?

I worry because I'm almost certain I won't be able to find documentation of my start/end dates for some of my jobs. I have a rough idea of when I started and ended each job, but I'm far from certain.

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Re: Employment Questions on App

Postby cavalier1138 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:46 pm

Platopus wrote:
cavalier1138 wrote:If it's something within the last 10 years (I believe that's the cutoff for the bar), then it can be important down the line. It's totally irrelevant now, but the employment list you submit to schools is going to be the basis for your bar C&F stuff on employment history.


Sorry, but does this mean I need to dig through all my old records and make sure I have my start/end dates 100% correct?

I worry because I'm almost certain I won't be able to find documentation of my start/end dates for some of my jobs. I have a rough idea of when I started and ended each job, but I'm far from certain.


You probably don't need to be exact down to the day, but you should have the month and year correct. Of course, if you can be 100% accurate, better to take care of that now.

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Re: Employment Questions on App

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:46 pm

You need to provide dates for the bar, and it's not going to be any easier to find documentation 3 years from now than it is now. So if you can track down the documentation you might as well do it now, so the dates you give on your apps will be accurate and match your bar app. If you can't track down the documentation now you won't be able to find it for the bar, so just give your best estimate and when you fill out the bar app give the same dates. (If your bar app asks for actual documentation of the dates - which I don't know that it will, mine didn't - you can just explain that you don't have access to the documents. But keep in mind that you will need to provide dates and contact info and supervisors etc, the best that you can, so you might save yourself some work down the road tracking everything down now.)

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Re: Employment Questions on App

Postby Platopus » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:53 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:You need to provide dates for the bar, and it's not going to be any easier to find documentation 3 years from now than it is now. So if you can track down the documentation you might as well do it now, so the dates you give on your apps will be accurate and match your bar app. If you can't track down the documentation now you won't be able to find it for the bar, so just give your best estimate and when you fill out the bar app give the same dates. (If your bar app asks for actual documentation of the dates - which I don't know that it will, mine didn't - you can just explain that you don't have access to the documents. But keep in mind that you will need to provide dates and contact info and supervisors etc, the best that you can, so you might save yourself some work down the road tracking everything down now.)

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Thank you both for the responses. I think this about answers my questions. I'll see if I can track everything down.




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