We’ve done a number of posts on terrible job offers. You can pretty much go onto Craigslist once a week and find some firm trying to get legal services on the cheap. Usually, it’s a firm or a solo practitioner that’s trying to take advantage of the legal recession by lowballing prospective associates.
Yesterday, an ad went up from a Pro Se litigant looking for legal help. This guy isn’t willing to hire a lawyer to represent him, but he’s got no problem finding one to do all the work:
Recent law school grad needed for research by Pro Se Litigant in areas of civil law including contracts and due process. Please include resume with your response. PayPay will be method of payment. Please indicate which legal search engine you will be using.
Wonderful, so not only does this guy want you to do all the work, but he also expects you to pay for your own Westlaw or Lexis access.
What’s this guy going to pay you for this opportunity?
Given the significant costs of Westlaw or Lexis access, you have to wonder if the guy is paying enough for a young lawyer to turn a profit. The answer = no.
* Compensation: $10/hr
I hope this guy is joking. How can you pay somebody ten bucks an hour to do all that work?
Can we get back to a world where lawyers can expect to get paid for their work? That was a much better place.