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It’s Friday night. Whaddya drinking? I just experimented with rye + Cointreau (2:1), a few dashes of Angostura and a Luxardo cherry. A French old fashioned?

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Have a family obligation this weekend, so of course partner just emails me to ask if I have time to do some research this weekend. How to handle?

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The unpredictable nature of work right now is giving me so much anxiety. One week I’m slammed & working until midnight but the next I have nothing to do. I’m so behind on hours already so I can’t … more

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A summer associate has a side hustle business. It’s ok until they are barred right?

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Has anyone or their firm ever used Epiq’s e-discovery managed services?

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I’m looking to escape - litigation is killing me. My wife’s a wanderlust whose work is 100% compatible with working from abroad, and she proposes we get a small home in a village on the Mediterranean.… more

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Can someone who left big law to smaller firms and happy advice the pros and cons? I’m very conflicted. I want to make sure this is what I want to do not because everyone complains?

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Anyone have any crazy summer associate or general associate stories that happened at your firm? I’m reminscing haha

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Lawyers: do you use contractions in your work e-mails? I do but am starting to think most other people don’t (do not).

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Currently working in a small firm. 4 lawyers. 2 associates. One owner and one of counsel. Owner of the firm has a contract signing in his calendar tomorrow morning at 10 am. Has golf at 12. Has playe… more

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We have a massive filing tomorrow. There are a bunch of partners and seniors on the project, but my part of the filing is 2/3 of what we are filing and I’m responsible for over 100 pages. And apparent… more

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I just did my books and I'm not going to owe any taxes for two years based on my losses for the past 4 months. Thanks Covid.

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People who do business formation how is that going for you? The past 2 months have been absolutely unpredictable some weeks 5 new clients others 0 calls. I can't even staff for it.

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I want to make a lot of money. I'm not ashamed to say it. How do I do that as a lawyer without going into BigLaw? Is it even possible?

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Happy Thursday everyone! I know that as a profession and especially during this unprecedented time we constantly experience and are bombarded with negativity. Including the negativity in our lives awa… more

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For those of you in house, do you actually read the articles written up by law firms? I’m constantly being asked to do this non billable work and I’m not in a place to reject and want to know the actu… more

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Anyone have helpful pointers on “lateral” interviews? I was invited to interview with a large firm. I say “lateral” because my current firm (second year associate) has less than 15 attorneys, and th… more

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It is in appropriate to ask what the compensation for a position is after a first interview if they want you to go on three more and the interviewers on my first told me that was above their pay grade… more

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I have a virtual interview coming up and was hoping for some tips? Also, what do you usually say in response to the tell me about yourself question? I know I'm not supposed to say info that are al… more

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I am a new attorney (one year being barred) and I have no confidence when it comes to taking deposition, mainly because English is not my first language. I was taking a deposition last week and the Co… more

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So I focus on securities law and was asked to take tbe SIE and series 7. Is it wrong to ask for some time during the workday to study for it? I'm not neglecting any other tasks but it's in a w… more

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Has anyone switched from the big 4 to a law firm? If so, when and why? Was it worth it? What kind of law firm did you switch to? And did you feel overly prepared or under prepared?

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It’s often more fulfilling to solve a problem a client brings to you than a problem you discover for a client. The latter always has the whiff of justifying your existence.

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I hate billing. You spend an extra hour on something to proofread make additional edits a crime. You spend an hour on something but then have nothing to do after its a crime. Theres no winning.

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Has anybody at Kirkland done an office transfer from the US to the UK? What was the process like?

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I’m a soon-to-be second year associate who is getting his very first yearly performance review in a month. Any advice on how I should be preparing for that review? I’ve been saving all the work I’ve h… more

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How do you deal with partners being annoyed or mad at you? I’m a first year on my first big urgent case where I’m managing/juggling most of the work (for reference there are about 8 seniors and I’m th… more

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Pretty sure I’m being let go tomorrow. Those with layoffs during this COVID-era how long have your firms typically given you to find a new job?

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Got a case where client got in a car accident and called the police the other driver gave completely fake information and the police didn't check it. What's our recourse to track them down?

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My step brother just passed away and my boss is still scheduling meetings for me to attend tomorrow and asking for turn around ASAP. Am I not allowed a day or 2 to grieve and pull myself together??

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Does anyone have a week where people just consistently piss you off. Like for no good reason just being annoying.

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Does anyone have a Volvo XC 40, and what are your thoughts on it?

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Any predictions on what will happen to office dress codes when we eventually to the office? I’ve seen several companies abandon business casual as their workforce returns. Law is notoriously stuffy an… more

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Has anyone heard of a first-year associate getting fired for low hours?

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I am looking to exit out of law. It doesn’t make me happy, I hate the hours (the personalities it seems to attract), the lack of respect for mental wellbeing and health and get zero thrill from the da… more

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First year at midsize firm, feeling inadequate, especially when certain partners are MIA or don’t really give solid advice on how to complete assignments. Also feel like I’m drowning and cannot say no… more

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Any advice on how to prepare for an informal interview chat with a partner in big law who is in charge of student recruitment? Im outside of the normal hiring period but was told by some that firms ca… more

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TW: Abuse; domestic violence... For those who have stuck around a while working for toxic/abusive partners or other supervisors- How many of you were victims of abusive/addict/alcoholic parents or spo… more

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I am an associate at a small firm and was licensed last fall. I clerked at this firm through law school, so I knew most of the partners before starting as an attorney full time, except some of the new… more

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