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Got “senioritis.” on my way out of my firm and am super unmotivated. Have a ton of stuff to wrap up though. How the hell do I manage to eek out 2 more weeks like this? How have you done when in similar position?

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“Darling, finish the beaujolais and walk away from it.” If you don’t get the reference, hand your work off and head to Vegas.

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Be an adult and finish your work with quality that your clients deserve. Don’t burn bridges with your firm. You never know when your circumstances may change.

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When I was on my way out I found it was easier to get the work done once i stopped worrying about billing. Obviously some stuff can’t be billed, but some stuff was absolutely was. I just took my time and if it was the only thing I did for 5 hours that day, oh well. To be clear, I didn’t jack up my billing. I just finally stopped worrying about it since there wasn’t the pressure to bill bill bill and fill a daily quota of hours

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I’m in the same position. I’d say 1. Don’t take on any new matters. You’re totally fine to not take on new work and saying you’re leaving and will be spending the remainder of your time wrapping up. 2. Explain to your seniors/partners that you’d like to help a new junior associate transition on to your existing matters. You can get them up to spread and, slowly, they’ll start getting the work. 3. Just power through and do you work. You can do anything for 2 weeks.

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This happens to everyone. You just have to hand off your work as fast as you can. It is what it is. No one can expect you to work hard during these last 2 weeks.

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Honestly? Triage. Go through your work and decide what should be transitioned to other people. Do only tasks that actually make sense for you to do, aka tasks that you are in the middle of. Starting a new task that has been on your to do list, while you are on your notice period, is borrowing trouble.

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Think about the impression you want to leave, and act/work accordingly. Your choice - that simple.

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You’ve also gotta think of your colleagues. A good friend of mine was moaning a lot to me during her notice period, and I totally got it, but the rest of us were being killed so hard that I felt it only fair she continued to pull her weight and do the best on closing out her work for the majority of her notice period. They agreed to let her go early (ie she didn’t have to serve her full notice period), to the detriment of the rest of the team, so I felt it was only fair. She agreed but obviously it sucked for her, but it did mean she left on a good note too.

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Most legal communities are very closely-knit and you just never know when this employer may be randomly contacted for an unofficial reference in the future. I say resist the temptation and finish as the consummate professional that you are.

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I’m in the exact same place you are. I have two projects that I know I need to finish strong on but aside from that I’m not worrying about billables.

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Be honest and present a transition plan that you offer to facilitate. If you work for decent professionals, they will be understanding.

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Just grow up and do it. You’re an attorney.

The outgoing attorney has a duty to the old firms clients. OP has to cooperate with the transition.

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I’m surprised by the comments telling OP to “grow up” and “be an adult”. Nothing about this post deserves that kind of bullying.

When did being honest become “bullying”? Attorneys have ethical obligations regardless of immature feelings about their position or firm. You can’t blame professional malfeasance on “senioritis”.

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I liked my AbFab reference!

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