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Project estimated to take 5 hours took me 8. What do I do re billing? Partner I never worked for before.

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Chair recommendations?

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What is the highest-stress firm of all the high-stress firms?

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Give your best biglaw interview questions that you've asked or received.

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I realized today that it is time to quit biglaw. Took me 5 years of which the last two have been completely unbearable.

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Is the Staff Associate position at Kramer Levin a staff attorney role or an associate role?

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Still being asked to work late into the night (like 2 am) waiting for comments after having given notice. This profession is truly fucked. That’s all.

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Partners won’t turn down more work despite the associate exodus. I get it. Firms are businesses. But, there will be consequences. Deadlines will be missed, things will be sloppy. PSA to associates: yo… more

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Outlook needs a “like” or “thanks” button to eliminate the hundreds of “Thanks!” Emails I get everyday. I feel assaulted by everyone’s gratitude.

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Partner sipping champagne while I’m putting out fires after notarization. I <3 it

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Aussie lawyer looking to relocate to MA, USA. Should I go through the more painful process of sorting the MA bar, or just do NY and hope that I get a job that doesn't require being admitted to MA … more

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Anybody going through a lull? I’m going through my first lull since my first year of practice in 2013. Trying to enjoy it, but it’s hard not to worry.

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First year here: My eyesight starts to go after 14-15 hours of screen time. Any advice to keep eyesight sharp?

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If you haven’t heard back after a screener, who should you follow up with? HR or the partners?

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I work past 8 pm at least 3-4 days/week. Do firms frown upon expensing frequent late dinners and taxi rides? My firm only expenses upto $20 per person for dinners past 8 pm and they’re generally known… more

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Any real estate or real estate finance associates looking to lateral to a V100 with good WLB, let me know. Happy to refer to my firm.

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I have a second round of interview (meeting partners) at Davis Wright Tremaine this week? Any tips will greatly be appreciated.

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Market variances on salary/billing are so dumb. The same work is being done in the Midwest, South, etc. as NYC. Why should the client pay more because of where the lawyer chooses to live?

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