Lawyer is shocked at nasty response to Craigslist ad, says he was offering a service to law grads

Connecticut lawyer Kenneth Beck wasn’t prepared for the hullabaloo when he placed a Craigslist ad seeking a monthly fee from law grads who wanted to shadow him.

The ad told of Beck’s 20 years of experience, and said inexperienced grads willing to pay for the privilege could observe him in court and in his law practice. About eight newbie lawyers emailed Beck in response to the offer, though some were just looking for more information, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports.

“I wasn’t looking to charge five people $300 an hour to go to court with me,” Beck told the publication. “I was just looking to basically not lose money that’s involved in explaining things. It would be learning by doing. I thought it was a creative way to fill a gap. I thought I was offering a service.”

Others disagreed. Beck says he pulled the ad after receiving “a lot of nasty emails” criticizing the idea. “I was shocked by the response from people who thought this was wrong,” Beck told the Law Tribune.

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