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I recently lateraled into Big Law. Most of my colleagues are homegrown. My shift did involve a big change in practice area, and there's work that I haven't done before that I now have to do. … more

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I just found out that an associate (same experience level) who billed fewer hours than me and had less collections got a 10k raise while I only got a 2.5K raise. She is in a different office, and her … more

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I often find my work cut down by partners. The part that gets cut down normally is what I consider to be the best part - the part that would change one's mind or one that would answer a question i… more

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For the lawyers in biglaw firms, how do you manage to interview at other firms while balancing the commitments and availability of your current position? Also, how do you make sure your current firm d… more

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What is the financial benefit of working at a V10 with a terrible culture v. a lower ranked tech firm with better culture/lifestyle that pays Cravath scale? I’m strictly interested in the financial r… more

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Pros/cons of recruiters who submit detailed cover letters versus those who call their contacts (in lieu of a letter)?

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I worked with an intense micromanager my first few years of practice. I no longer with this person and now I find as a midlevel that it’s difficult to make my own calls and trust my judgment, even whe… more

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Real talk: how long does it take you to review and provide comments to an agreement.. say a Stock Purchase Agreement (I know these vary wildly)? I recently found an invoice in which 1.5 hours was char… more

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Any information about Mintz Levin would be appreciated! Work culture, opportunities and salary! Considering a potential move from AmLaw 10 firm for work life balance and smaller team and growth opport… more

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When is it time to leave? 10th year in a relatively specialized field and partnership prospects are fantastic. Problem is, I’m completely fried. I find the work boring. I’m constantly asked to do m… more

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Has anyone ever gotten a bad review for being too harsh of a manager?

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Any thoughts on Wilkie Farr? Culture, general requirements, etc. Interested in the London office specifically but keen to hear of wider views.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten off a call with a partner after making a mistake and broken down in tears from sheer stress. (The “I’m disappointed in you” tone gets me worse than any yelling … more

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Interviewing for a commercial transactions associate position next week. What interview questions should I ask? What does a new associate in a transactional practice typically do? I assume it’s less r… more

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Question: Is it normal that a firm has scheduled an interview with you but then cancels the interview because they “have identified another candidate?” I just want to make sure I do not mess up...

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Appreciate any insight on WilmerHale DC’s office culture/work!

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After the holidays, I’ll be making the transition from being a federal clerk to being a (semi) big law third year associate. 1800 hours a year (hence the “semi”). I’m nervous about the transition. As … more

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Im a junior working 9am to 2am. Does it get better? I dont even have time to eat on some days.

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How late do you respond to emails?

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Folks who are in the transactional side of biglaw for 3+ years, how are you holding up? What are your next steps?

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Recently moved to state A doesn’t have reciprocity with state B where I’m barred. This means I’ll need to take the bar exam in state A. Can I waive into state C that has reciprocity with both states A… more

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Do you feel like the people you work with are genuinely intelligent? Do you enjoy working with them?

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Anyone have experience with the mental effects of COVID? I’m on day 12 and struggling with the ability to concentrate, my brain feels like it’s stuffed with cotton and I suffer from a lot of spatial d… more

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Miserable and struggling for motivation right now. M&A, 6th year, insane deal trying to close year end and I just have zero desire to do the work, be engaged, have zero interest in the client’s (w… more

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Does anyone know the significance of being nominated for something called “rising star lawyers”? Can you figure out who nominated you? Also, if you are not one of the “chosen”ones, how poorly does tha… more

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I am a rising second year associate and just got a call from our client who questioned why a due diligence request list we prepared was so long. I stumbled my way through a meek explanation that the r… more

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Big law firms in Paris? What’s the scoop? Which ones to avoid?

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Looking to make the move from accounting firm, currently at a big4, to a law firm. I am a JD/LLM and a new manager in big4. Any suggestions on networking with COVID, recruiters, etc.? Also interested … more

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Seeing all of the bonus memos come out. What does it mean to be a “qualified associate” at your firm? Does this mean you have to hit a billable requirement to receive your bonus?

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Anyone have any feedback on the firm culture at Hogan Lovells? Specifically the Corporate and Specialty groups. Would love to know more about hours and expectations before joining their NY office.

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My fellow associates and I were just reamed out for our recent work product being too sloppy/not error free by the partner group. Kind of humorous since I find errors in partners’ briefs/drafts all t… more

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I am doing my time for last week and am trying to craft a narrative for time spent reading secondary sources in preparation for drafting a pleading. How do I describe that? I am trying to make sure th… more

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Let’s talk investments: 1) what year are you? 2) how much do you have in loans? 3) investments 4) savings? Relatedly, for those with federal loans what are you doing with the $$ you are required to pa… more

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I’m a second year gen corporate associate at an AmLaw 20 firm looking to lateral to a specific practice group at an AmLaw 50 firm. Would it be appropriate to reach out to the partners/Chair of that pr… more

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Best non answer in a deposition?

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Do firms that still have a billable minimum for bonus give the special/covid bonus contingent on you making your hours?

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How do you explain being "on call" as a junior to non-lawyers? People do not understand why I check emails constantly, bring laptops, answer calls after 5pm, etc. Noone seems to understand a… more

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Non-equity partner here- is a 15% salary increase too much to ask for following a year in which all billing goals were surpassed? Thanks in advance

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What’s the most you’ve billed during the last month of your firm’s fiscal year to reach the bonus eligible threshold? In need of some major inspiration.

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