Law Professors, Law Schools

Another Day, Another T-14 Adventure in Babysitting

I’m getting used to the idea that people think it’s appropriate to try to get law students to babysit their children. At the very least, I’ve gotten used to the fact that law schools don’t find it insulting at all to offer students babysitting gigs as a way to supplement their income.

I suppose if you are a law professor, you are somewhat used to having students take care of your expenses as they desperately try to jump start their careers. Still, it’s a little bit surprising to see a babysitting job coming out of Columbia Law School.

But the pay is right. And heck, these are Columbia students — they should be able to multitask babysitting, studying for torts, and fending off criminals in Morningside Heights all at the same time….

This babysitting job comes from Student Services. That’s way more appropriate than a babysitting offer coming from Career Services. Though ideally, recruitment such as this would happen under the guise of Faculty Services, or at the very least, Servicing the Faculty.

In any event, here’s the ad:

One of our professors is looking for a law student that can pick up one of his children from school 1-2 days a a week and care for her in the afternoon from about 2:30 – 6 (homework, park, museums, etc.). Pays $20/hour. Days of the week flexible. If interested contact Professor [Cheap Labor] directly by email at [redacted], and mention any relevant experience.

Could we get a list or some sort of chart telling us how much it costs to hire a law student babysitter broken down by school? If Columbia students are going for $20 an hour, Pace students are maybe $10/hour? NYLS students are $20 all-in (see, it’s almost like getting a Columbia payment!), but you have to get a waiver from child protective services?

I’m just, you know, asking for a friend.

Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of babysitting

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