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As a male mid-level/senior associate, can you take the full parental leave (10-14 weeks) and come out without impact on partnership prospects? What are questions I should be asking to get at this issue before accepting a lateral offer? Quiz recent junior partners with kids? Seems a bit aggressive but may be necessary.

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Take full leave. People do it all the time and are fine.

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Take the whole thing!

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More male associates in my office are taking full leave. I think especially the female attorneys look down on make associates who aren’t taking time off. The culture around this is shifting.

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No issues and have seen it happen plenty of times. American firms are more antiquated than UK/Aus biglaw firms in this respect, but you will be fine.

I took whole thing in 2017 but it was only 4 weeks at the time. It was fine for me. Take the leave. As I’ve said before, it’s 2021 not 1951.

Yes absolutely fine and encouraged at my firm!

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