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Advice on taking criticism? I don't know what to say when my partners tell me I effed something up. I don't get defensive, but I don't want them to think my response is too cavalier, eithe… more

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Are there tutoring sites for attorneys?

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Anyone have a good side hustle?

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Random question...but how do you all count the year you are - based on when you graduated or when you were admitted? I graduated in 2018 but due to NY pro bono hours requirement, I wasn't admitte… more

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Should I ask whether I have had any write offs for my billables throughout the year, prior to my annual review in a few weeks? Or should I have been asking every month since starting?

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Filling my performance review form for the first time as it doesn’t work the same way in other jurisdictions. Any tips, suggestions and advice on what to highlight? Especially in “what are your goals … more

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Poll: who billed today?

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My firm will be holding yearly reviews (and giving out bonuses) in January of 2021. This is the second straight year reviews have been in January. Curious to hear whether anyone else works at firms th… more

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Aussie big law firms seem slow to lift the pay freeze despite consistently reporting higher revenue than the same periods last year. (which for most aussie big law firms was their best year on record)… more

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Best books for helping refine persuasive writing skills?

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Random Q but does anyone at a small litigation firm (2-30 attorneys) that charges hourly mind sharing what’s average/range of hourly rate for their partners?

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As part of a settlement, my clients are relinquishing possession of their house to another party in early December. Clients just found out they have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. They wil… more

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I love the work I do but the partner is making my life miserable. She’s super disorganized which ends up impacting my weekends and I end up working at ungodly hours because she ALWAYS forgets deadline… more

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Anyone else behind on their hours this year and nervous for their performance review?

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Should you include bonus, raise and/or salary expectations in your performance evaluation?

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So I was having a bad week and worse day, then I ended up getting screamed at by a partner on a call for no discernible reason. I hung up the phone and let a few explitives fly in frustration... Excep… more

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How involved are the partners in your firm with the day to day of cases? Not really involved unless an important depo or trial? I’m a second year and basically do everything short of trial.

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Any guidance on where to find arbitration cases? My firms westlaw doesn’t have access and we’ve got a couple of grievances headed to arbitration soon

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US Immigration Law: Hi, I will be pursuing an LLM in the US from August 2021 and I will be on a F1 visa. I was wondering, is it possible for someone on a F1 visa to work online in the UK? I would like… more

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Just gave my two weeks at my first job out of law school after seven months. I hated the work so I’m relieved but nervous for the future.

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Impressions of CSDisco?

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Like this post if your thanksgiving is shot (again) because of work, and your holidays will (again) be shot because Q4

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Hate it when you make some small typos because you are doing a million things at once and get a passive aggressive scolding.

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I’ve read a lot of big law posts, and if I saw such venom when I went into the practice, I would be very discouraged. My view is there are so many reasons why lawyering is exciting and great, and so m… more

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Has anyone done the Korn Ferry executive assessment? Specifically the Korn Ferry Four-Dimensions Assessment or the Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices / Abstract Reasoning? This is for an in-house p… more

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What do you think? Does Trump have a claim for malpractice against Giuliani for admitting to "exaggeration" while claims and appeals were pending?

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Anyone have to deal with office drama? My office manager is a pain in the butt to deal with and causes unnecessary drama. Sometimes it gets to the partners. If its about me I like to speak up but I wo… more

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PSA: Your pregnant coworker is juggling fatigue, nausea, aches and pains and/or “pregnancy brain”, along with their workload in a pandemic. So if they’re performing as usual (or better), that’s nothin… more

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I can't handle my Q4 deal volume the way I have before. I'm so emotionally exhausted that I can barely manage an 8-hour day. My long-distance partner is a doctor treating covid patients. My fa… more

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Has anyone used SoFi to pay down credit card debt? I am drowning in interest every month with my BofA card and getting nowhere fast. Would love any advice re: SoFi or paying off credit card debt in ge… more

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Looking at buying books about understanding the stock market. Thanks in advance

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Has anyone left biglaw while they still have a large student loan balance? Would be interested to hear about your experience if so, particularly if you went the PSLF/loan forgiveness route.

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Just need to vent. Raise your hand if you would be annoyed that you had to drive into work in a snowstorm, the week of Thanksgiving, during a pandemic, when you planned to be WFH, just because a partn… more

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Pro tip: Outlook allows you to delay delivery for emails. Don’t be a jerk if you work on thanksgiving and you don’t need an immediate response. Delay delivery until Friday.

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I wish I knew better in undergraduate. I could have gone into engineering or something else. Law didn’t work out for me and I don’t believe I can recover from how awful this career attempt has been. I… more

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Firm had return to work with no safety measures at all. Masks not required. Employees eating maskless in lunchroom. No policies regarding staying at home if sick, etc. Firm has Covid-19 out break res… more

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