Good News for Law School Grads who Aren’t Lawyers

It’s a tough market out there for recent law graduates, and many are turning to other areas of interest to find jobs. Other folks may realize, after three years of graduate schooling, that being a lawyer isn’t what they wanted out of life after all. Luckily for them, a recent case here in New York held that just having a professional degree – like a J.D. – is not sufficient to make someone exempt from federal overtime requirements under the professional exemption. Even if having a J.D. is an “advantage” in a job, that doesn’t make the law school grad exempt. Rather, in order to be exempt from overtime requirements, one must hold a position that requires “advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning that is customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.” So just because you suffered three years of the Socratic method, doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to overtime!