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The stub year posts in this bowl are making it hard for me to feel bad about firms laying off junior associates. So much entitlement and neurotic behavior.

Stub year here. I just spent 3 hours with a partner going over my mark ups in multiple contracts. I spent another hour last week going over a memo I wrote for a different partner.

Until tod… more

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On the verge of leaving law but getting cold feet. Could someone talk with me? I feel like it’s just a matter of not getting good mentorship but I’m concerned my feelings might not change elsewhere. I… more

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What is the difference between fiscal year and billable year? Specifically does KE base bonuses on fiscal year or billable year and when are they paid?

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How many hours you got till bonus? It’s 84 for me.

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What’s an appropriate amount of notice to give when you’re quitting? Is two weeks too short?

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Anyone familiar with the recruiting firm Erithacus? I got an email today that seemed more personalized than any I had ever received before, but I know better than to think it it actually is. Thoughts… more

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How does big law keep the appropriate number of associates when so many 3-5 years leave? Do they just replenish with law students? Is there a large kid law to big law surge during those years?

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Legal ethics question - hypothetically, if a family member ask you to help negotiate and assist in the drafting of a personal injury settlement agreement, would you need to disclose this to your firm?… more

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Considering going back to school for an LLM in tax. Currently practicing as a T&E associate, only a few years out of law school. Finished top 10 in my law school class before moving into big law. … more

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Stub year here.

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Any insight into Skadden NYC real estate group?

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Asking here as there are more high earners here and likelihood of response is higher: Female 🐠, have any of you used La Mer skincare products? Is it worth the cost? Looking to possibly purchase as a … more

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Stub year here. Feeling a bit salty about the fact that a year and a half from now, I’ll be making substantially less than I am in real dollars because big law doesn’t have inflation-based raises.

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Surprise! This is a post to remind you that “beautiful things can happen”anywhere (as Sia sings), including in Big Law. Over the past 14 months, I have mostly been assigned boring, low value added tas… more

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How should I communicate to the partners / senior associates I work with that I have Covid and will be out of pocket for a bit? I feel like crap

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Will joining a country club have any utility as a junior for career advancement? Is it even worth it given time constraints?

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Anyone regret choosing corp over lit? Or vice versa?

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If anyone is familiar with California real estate/tax law and can advise on the below it would be appreciated.

I have an aunt (not married) who has a nice house she would like to leave to … more

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The two teams I’m on are very busy, with a ton of new work incoming for next year. The teams I’m on are also leanly staffed and I’m an essential part of one. However, I am anticipating an in house off… more

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Whenever I communicate a partner’s deadline to a junior they take out their frustration on me (and they know I keep going to bat against this partner’s deadline). Being the target of their anger (as o… more

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What's the best way to avoid going to the holiday party? Also how bad does it look if I don't go?

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Is it better to give notice in person or over the phone? There's really only one partner I feel comfortable enough with to talk to in person but still think it will be awkward. Is it fine to call … more

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Anyone know/use a recruiter in South Carolina? Potentially moving from NYC for personal reasons and having a hard time navigating the market down south.

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Has anyone hired a virtual assistant to manage things like making drs appointments, calling customer service, meal planning or grocery shopping, scheduling car maintenance, etc - is this a thing? If s… more

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I got laid off in San Francisco. Class of 2019. How do I get an in house gig?

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Any tips/resources that are easy to digest for improving legal writing. Apparently my writing and presentation are lacking, I want to improve but don’t know where to start.

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If you could start your career over, would you be a generalist or a specialist?

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Is it possible to set boundaries doing M&A work? For example, protecting a Saturday every once and a while if you have preexisting plans. If it’s possible then what’s an appropriate way to do so.

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Is this really such a faux pas? I’ve worked at two big law firms where the standard was a clean draft and a PDF redline with the reason being that a TC doc will inevitably result in mess after a turn or two (and have experienced this first hand when a client specified we only send TC drafts and not a clean version). Everyone in the comments to the post in the image was very pro-TC only. Curious on the bowls thoughts

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Advice requested. Someone quite senior to me at my firm, in a diff practice group, accidentally dials my extension all the time, then hangs up and doesn’t say anything when I answer, and will reject m… more

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New first year here. Worried that my attempt to set boundaries from the jump is about to backfire. I said no to a last second pro bono assignment late at night, asked for a one-day extension a week in… more

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Has anyone heard talks about layoffs in litigation? Seems like litigation is too busy, but have heard rumors about litigation layoffs for associates.

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Sidley associates out here losing their free lunches, meanwhile over at Kirkland, veal chops and duck breast with a cranberry reduction is served (free of cost) for Monday lunch.

Y'all … more

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Would it look bad to apply to an in-house position advertised by a client of the firm you work in (and you currently work on the client’s matters)?

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Overwhelmed junior here. A partner asked me to do a contract review project a week ago, I said yes, not really understanding the scope. Started it today (it's due on Wednesday) and I realize I hav… more

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It is January 1, 2023 and you are closing you December time. You realize that you missed your annual bonus target of 2,000hrs by 1hr of billable time. Your firm has made it clear that you won’t get an… more

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I accepted an offer at a new firm and am filling out the conflicts disclosure. Their form asks me what my hours were for the last few years. Unfortunately, my hours last year were embarrassingly low… more

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So are bonus wars over?

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I am a stub and I blew up an internal deadline for an internal research. I was looped into an email, was not sure if I had to work on it and just missed the email. I learned my lesson and I apologized… more

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