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Summer law clerk discovers improper billing

July 25, 2015 • By Dennis Beaver

For a law student driven to succeed, summer is no time to kick back. Instead, you want a job as law clerk which, for most is a real eye opener. Working with lawyers, meeting clients — and discovering the enormous time demands — quickly removes any sense of glamour about the law as depicted on TV or in the movies.

“Working in a good office, with competent, ethical attorneys, that summer job will hopefully become a thrilling confirmation that becoming a lawyer was indeed the right choice,” observes Professor Rose Safarian of the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno.

And when it’s not a good office? Where the interests of the client come last?

That’s what Hanford reader, “William” would discover weeks into his summer job at a small Los Angeles law firm…click here to read more