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Big law mid-level associates...could you give this midlaw associate an idea of what an average day/week looks like for you? Wondering how late you usually work, how many weekends, etc. thanks!!

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Are big law firms requiring the vaccine? I am at a mid-size firm and we just got a firm wide email that we are required to get the vaccine and return to work after Memorial Day. Personally, I don’t ag… more

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Lateral question: corp associate (firm top of AmLaw 200) - have billed over 2000 the last few years. Work quality has been getting worse over that time, minimal resources (very few juniors and paras),… more

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What is the actual hours / billing expectations for mid level funds associates at K&E, STB, and Debevoise in NYC?

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I’ve been told that I’m very smart but disorganized. I’m in specialty corp. Am I going to get fired?

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Seriously, what do you guys do for dinner when working crazy hours? I like to eat healthy and I’ve thought about meal prepping but I don’t love leftovers and I don’t want to do take out all the time. … more

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Mid level here. If first years aren’t doing a good job is it ok to tell the senior? To explain why something is taking longer than expected?

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Why are firms starting to force people back in? Cases are still high. We need to wait a bit to really get rid of Covid. JFC.

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How do you say ok I’ll do it other than “Yes, will do”? “Yes, will do” just sounds so subservient and uncomfortable...

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What would be single the biggest change when moving from mid law to big law? I know the hours difference with the firm i have in mind is one thing (1800 vs 1900) but wondering about intangibles I migh… more

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What’s the best way to tell your boss with whom you have a good relationship that you’re going in-house?

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Goodwin handing out $1k “well-being payments.” True to big law - just throw money at it. I’m not hating it though.

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Anyone have any insights into Skadden’s L&E group? Specifically in NYC. Culture? Hours?

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Has anyone tried having their current firm match a competitors sign on bonus?

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Any one at Desmaris? Are they open to remote?

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Greenberg Traurig or Fisher Phillips for L&E? Greenberg pays more, but people seem happier at FP...

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What’s a “typical” amlaw 100 signing bonus for junior associates?

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Anyone know the highest clerkship bonuses at the moment? Specifically interested in COA+District Court. Most recent public info seems to be Quinn at $105k and most other firms are at $50k for 1 and $7… more

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Convinced that cap markets and m&a associates do this to themselves because they can hide hours. No sane person would choose this over emerging company/VC work. It's so mind-numbing and discon… more

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Any info regarding Zuckerman Spaeder? For example, salary, work-life, billable requirements, and whether the firm is making its way back to in-person now. Would greatly appreciate any insight!

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People who don’t submit their time daily, how do you remember what you did and for how long? I’ve always just submitted each timer as soon as I finish a task—“call with x re y” really doesn’t take tha… more

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Has anyone in here received an above market end of year bonus? How much was it over and how many hours over target were you?

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My 1st yr mentee is struggling in terms of producing quality work product that ends up creating more work for the supervising atty. I am hearing gripes from other associates about it, who have taken t… more

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Anyone doing fund formation at Debevoise, Ropes or Goodwin willing to answer a couple questions? Much appreciated!

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Anyone remember friends? The wine glass on your desk doesn't count.

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2nd year associate here. First time working on a big project where I’m not the most junior person (lol). First year has been assigned a lot of the grunt work (all of which I used to do), whereas I’ve … more

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Associate interested in switching practice areas from finance to real estate. Does anyone have a sense of the differences? My understanding is that real estate is much more predictable and a balanced … more

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King and Spalding DC office? Thoughts?

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Litigation question: plaintiff brought personal injury action in 2018. Defendants were notified that plaintiff passed away in January 2021 but plaintiff's counsel has still not filed a suggestion … more

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Received an offer from 1 firm and have 3 days to accept or decline, but still haven’t heard from the firm I had a callback with late last week. The 2nd firm is definitely where I felt like I’d be the … more

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Any insight on Skadden? Would it consider a fully or mostly remote lateral? Nor cal office specifically

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Senior associates- I have a lateral offer at Cravath scale firm for a special counsel role- 1200 billable, off partnership track, but paid base salary (no bonuses unless hours are significantly higher… more

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Which investment firms do you use and recommend? Don’t want to manage investments myself, but need to grow the funds I have sitting.

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Do any of you follow firm policy on buying shares? (E.g. making requests and seeking approval from the firm). I don't but I dont buy shares in any of the firm's clients. Wondering whether othe… more

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Has anyone ever applied for an in house job with a client?

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I’m from the UK, and thinking about making a move to the US in the next 12. In dispute resolution, would you rate Baker McKenzie or White & Case?

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I’m averaging 180-200 billable hours a month, at a firm with small bonuses and salary slightly under Cravath (and the gap widens as you progress). I like the work and the people I work with. Advice on… more

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Does anyone know a career counselor who might have experience with tax lawyers?

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Anyone familiar with Baker McKenzie’s L&E group? What it’s like? Culture/lwb/job stability? Specifically in the NY office?

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