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Who’s leaving once fall bonuses hit?

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Anyone work at Cahill Gordon? Is it sinking?

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I’m an associate in midlaw looking to lateral to biglaw. Currently working in my firm’s appellate group. Is it realistic of me to want to stay in appellate practice, or would it be smarter to transiti… more

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Is anyone taking the NYLE this weekend? Or know where to get a searchable PDF outline for it?

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In Debt Finance v50 nyc billing 60+ a week. I’m burnt out and staffers no longer care because we have lost so many people. We are mostly surviving on junior associates with just 3 associates left in 5… more

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Latham & Watkins NY funds practice: How is it? Would you recommend it? I’m considering a lateral there. Currently a 3rd/4th year.

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Chillest cap markets/securities groups? I’m been at 2 firms and the nonstop fire drills and last minute craziness has been exhausting

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Is the signing bonus game still strong as we inch our way towards the end of the year? Are firms looking to hire with 2022 start dates yet?

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Taking the NYLE next week to waive into NY. Would welcome tips to prepare for it!

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Does anyone know if their firm is seeking entry level corporate associates? Hoping to transition from litigation - willing to take class year cut. Thank you!

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Does your firm or group also request two months notice for vacations? I feel like 2 months is really far from the norm, but I just want to get a better sense of the market.

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Hi all! I’m a 28F Australian moving to NYC shortly and looking for an entire apartment to sublet/lease takeover. I’m moving across to a V20 biglaw firm, very clean and tidy, fully vaccinated. Ideally … more

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Thoughts on Winston & Strawn NY?

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Corporate attorneys in NY, how many hours do you work? Please also list your year. Thanks!

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Considering DLA vs Jones Day (not bothered by the blackbox comp) and am interested in learning about the culture and work life balance. Does anyone have any thoughts? 

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In NYC biglaw, what are the sub areas of a capital markets practice at say a V20 firm? I seem to only know of high yield bonds and IPOs, but I'm sure there's other types of transactions?

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Do you know if a lateral hire of an European (Italian) legal counsel who recently passed the NY bar is likely to happen in a NY firm/company?

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Finance: borrower/sponsor side vs lender side. Which has better lifestyle and exit opportunities?

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Exit opportunities for Finance vs M&A - which are better?

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What firms are still requiring you to come into the office next week? Any?

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How much does it cost to buy into equity partnership?

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Got a verbal offer via phone call today. They stated the salary they would offer and told me there is a 90 day probationary period on the salary offered. As in we sit down and discuss whether the sala… more

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Any stories/feedback to share about Milbank's leverage finance group?

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