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I went on mutiple round interviews with a firm. HR basically said they wanted a firm commitment after the 3rd round. I told them I was extremely interested and looking forward to seeing what the offer… more

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Thoughts on practicing cannabis law?

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Has anyone else been feeling this way?

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I said something wrong on the call with some very important clients and I just feel like I lost all credibility. I was feeling super anxious and didn’t think straight. Ugh how do I recover from this! … more

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My old (severely mismanaged) firm asked me to give suggestions on keeping associates. Other than saying things like improving starting salary, have associates complete a self-eval before annual review… more

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Currently a 2nd year associate at a mid size firm practicing workers compensation defense. I hate my practice area but am having trouble finding a job in commercial lit (the area I want to practice in… more

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We had to put my dog down yesterday. I’m so sad. I wish family leave included pets :( Tips for getting a though tough times as a lawyer?

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Bottleneck Partner - I report to a partner that sits on work and will not review unless the deadline is about to be missed. They require multiple (5 or 6) follow up emails and ask me to text them dir… more

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Any recommendations for a firm with a robust healthcare transactional/regulatory group with a billable requirement of 1800 or under?

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What are some of the job tasks / action items on your resume?

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Which would you prefer? 1500 hour requirement in an area that bores you or 1900 hour requirement in an area you enjoy? For the sake of argument, pay is equivalent...

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I know this question has been asked before, but I’m always looking for new suggestions: How do you keep your case load organized? I find most project/case management apps and software overwhelming. … more

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Is it common for partners to ask your to do non billable client development work over the weekend? I just don’t think it’s as important to ruin my weekend over it but I might be wrong.

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Is there a best day to give notice? I’ve been waiting for my conflicts to clear and had been hoping it would be on Friday but probably won’t be until Monday now. I’ve always heard Friday is the better… more

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When, if ever, do you use “Esquire”, or “Esq.” after your name?

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Theory: equity/managing partners are about to be vaccinated and as cases/deaths (rightfully/thankfully) plunge very quickly, we’ll be back in the office in no time

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Entering big law in a matter of months. I want to start my career in one city and transfer to another (overseas). What’s the best strategy to further my interests? How/when do I bring this up with par… more

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What is this mystical “Cravath Scale” 🦄

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How does your firm keep track of billable hours? Are you measured by month or year or both? Is it normal to have a yearly requirement but get emails/phone calls any month you come in “short” (below … more

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How is everyone doing today?

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What are the best and worst parts of being an ECVC corporate lawyer in biglaw?

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Best way to give notice to 3 partners in different locations? I am leaving a small firm—Partner 1 works in my office, Partner 2 works in satellite office, and Partner 3 works in another state. I work … more

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Best L&E firms where work life balance is an actual thing? What were billables on paper vs. what they actually expected you to bill?

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Considering applying to Jackson Lewis. How much could I expect to make as a 8th year? What's the work life balance like? While expected billables on paper are 1850, what's the actual billable… more

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Two days ago I was super excited to accept my offer to join a biglaw firm this summer as a 2L summer associate. I was ecstatic! Now that I've had time to digest it I'm absolutely terrified. I … more

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Hoping to get some advice from attorneys that have been in the game for quite some time. I am a baby attorney in my office. I am trying not to let O/Cs get to me, but it makes me so angry and frustrat… more

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Any thoughts on how to pitch switching from civil litigation to criminal defense to future employers?

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Tips on transitioning from lit to transactional work? Never wanted to be a litigator in the first place, but thought I needed to get my foot in the door. Now I’m worried I can’t make the switch.

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What reasons have you seen a junior associate fired or let go for?

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Do you say you’re an attorney or a lawyer?

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Associates: Do partners review your draft soon after you send it to them? Is it generally within a matter of days, weeks, or months? It really depends on the partner for me. Some turn things around th… more

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How stressful is plaintiffs work compared to commercial litigation in NYC?

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What are your tips on leveraging two lateral offers?

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Any advice for becoming a public defender in Southern California

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Would a compliance manager role not be the best way to get into compliance for a lawyer?

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Would you marry another lawyer?

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My landlord went to their attroneys who then contacted me instead of the landlord contacting me directly. There's 5 different lawyers attached on this email chain. You think they're ready/ exp… more

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