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Anyone working at Levy Ratner? How is the office culture and about how much do you get paid?

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Seeking a client waiver for a lateral move. Had to enlist partner’s assistance to make the reach out. Horror stories or happy endings on this topic?

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I just don’t know you guys. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? The logical side of me says just do it. But there’s something that’s stopped me and continues to stop me… not sure what.

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How much criticism is normal. It seems like not a week goes by where a partner or coworker points out deficiency in work. I'm trying but it's like I was supposed to be perfect day one.

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It’s amazing to me that it’s a running joke in the legal community that typos magically appear in pleadings the minute after they’re submitted, and yet associates are made to feel like shit when there… more

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When is it normal to start taking depositions for a new(er) associate? Entering 3rd year at midsize firm.

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I’m at a midsize firm in the Midwest and I’ve noticed that we’ve hired multiple associates who all graduated law school the same year. Some are coming from clerkships, other firms, etc., but they’re a… more

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Any tips on how to ask about when a paycut will be restored?

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Anybody know if and how much I can contribute to my Roth IRA to reduce my 2020 tax liability? I’m trying to pay less taxes but Jesus this pandemic has been great for my law firm and salary.

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What are some alternative jobs for JDs/lawyers? Editorial stuff? We know how to write. Idk (other than teaching and politics)

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Anyone transferred their UBE score to NY? Is it as much of a pain in the ass as it seems?

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First year associates posting pictures of their timesheets on their IG story showing they billed 300-500 hours in March at their lockstep big law firms right after bragging on their stories about the … more

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How does one find a therapist? Like what are the steps to finding a good therapist and does insurance cover anything? Everyone always encourages therapy, but never gives a run down on how to start.

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I’m a new third year associate working at a satellite office of a midsize firm. I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to truly get good at my job or the multiple areas of law I’m asked to p… more

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Has anyone used Timeular or has IG’s marketing struck again?

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When is an omission a lie (not in a professional context)?

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What are things to be mindful of when becoming an equity partner?

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