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Litigators, what are some amusing examples of posturing that you’ve seen from opposing counsel? I’ll start.

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Any tips for my assistant general counsel interview via Microsoft Teams? Never had an in-house interview or a remote interview. I really want this 🥺

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For those of you whose firms don’t have free market work allocation, what kind of system do you have in place (particularly for more junior attorneys)? Does it work?

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Anyone have a holy grail cover letter example (ideally aimed at in house positions)? I have been writing and writing for a couple of days - using examples online as guidance, but I just am hitting a b… more

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Legal work sucks. How do you people do this job? I just don't get it.

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What’s the best way to track business that you have brought in? My firm offers incentives for any business generated but does not actually track this, so I haven’t received any cut of business made

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Does anyone on here have off tomorrow?

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How do you keep track of your matters/tasks/deadlines? Word/Excel/Outlook reminders or anything more advanced?

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So we’re going back to the office after the partners are all vaccinated? I don’t think us 20 something folks will get a vaccine before 2022

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My billables are too low because I finish my assignments too quickly/efficiently. I’ve been praised for the quality so I’m not producing bad work but I need to find ways to (ethically) increase my tim… more

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Top 3 tips for juniors you wish you had known when you started out? Can be productivity/efficiency type tips or more big picture career type tips.

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Partners - have your firms ever considered moving to a flat fee/success fee model? It seems it could alleviate a lot of the “law firm culture” struggles (because you could place more value on great wo… more

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Anyone keep track of tasks using excel? Any tips?

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What aspirations motivate you? What goals do you have professionally and in life?

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What are people's opinions on doing complaince work for wall street firms ? Seems interesting work for clients who have money to pay us. What's the downside?

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How many of us who do alot have trouble getting down what we do to a 3 point summery on a resume? I'm having the worst time with I think it's hurting my job search.

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Anyone make the switch from practicing law to becoming Clerk of Court? If so, what advise do you have for resume and cover letter details? And...do you like it?

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Any advice for someone with almost entirely litigation background on how to sell their (lack of) experience with commercial contracts during an interview for an in-house role?

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In my resume, what would be the best way to cite to an article that was published in a bar association magazine/monthly publication?

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I’m looking for another side/ part time job to get some extra cash because my firm pays me an embarrassing salary, but we aren’t allowed to do any outside legal work. Anyone have any tips/ideas?

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Anyone else frustrated by colleagues abusing WFH? I was hoping COVID would show that we’re capable of working from home as an option, but partners are getting annoyed that people are doing things like… more

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Some good news after almost 11 months of applying and interviews and lots of rejections finally got an offer! In NYC small firm, ex big law folks, no billable hours, niche practice area, appearance of… more

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I’m applying for reciprocity in another state and need to tell my employer. My goal is to move in 6-12months, but don’t know how transparent I should be with my employer right now. Thoughts?

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Hi Bowl, Does anyone know which recruiters and headhunting firms work with emerging company and venture capital focused firms (Cooley, Gunderson, Wilson Sonsini etc)?

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Are attorneys standing in line for C19 vaccine?

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Do you think everyone is going to be taking vacations as soon as the vaccine is out and restrictions are lifted? Should I book for the fall now before prices go way up? I haven’t taken more than 2 day… more

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Does anyone know what the day-to-day of a New York Assistant Attorney General is like? Is it fulfilling? Stressful? How is the work-life balance?

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I screwed something up on Thursday (or more accurately didn’t catch something that no one else did, but I would have if I was paying closer attention). Stayed up all night Thursday fixing it. Got lavi… more

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Any tips for meeting new clients with events cancelled and social places closed?

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I'm a first year and I feel like I can never be real friends with the vast majority of people I have come across in the legal profession. I feel so alien when people say they stay working because … more

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Anyone made the jump from elite biglaw associate to an elite plaintiffs firm? How common is it for them to cut associates or counsel in on the wins come bonus season? How does the pay compare? I’m a r… more

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Netflix or prime movie recommendations? Comedy or thriller preferred.

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I get why associates in transactional practice have gripes. Unpredictable hours, demanding clients, artificial deadlines, drafting lengthy and mind numbing documents, etc. but what burns out litigator… more

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Most stressful legal practice area, go!

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I make 70k a year at a small firm of 4 attorneys but am constantly being told I need to do more work. I’m already working every weekend+ Constantly getting tasks assigned last min to file before midni… more

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Do you clear it with partners before using a junior associate? I'm talking really basic stuff for a new first year associate like, hey, put together a list of the agreements in this folder kind o… more

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Anyone transition from litigation to transactional practice? I had the opportunity to do some transactional work, and I am much happier with the work and better at it. I work in a large firm and am st… more

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