Gov’t lawyer that’s been approached by a BigLaw firm for a practice group. They say flexibility in setting my salary/hours since I’m not associate track. Work-life balance is huge. Is this real or...

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Sounds like a staff attorney attorney gig. You’re doing doc review and discovery objections for associates making considerably more than you. Plenty of people choose it though.

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Word limit kept it short. It’s not in a big city office. I’m in a pretty specialized area which they say needs expansion in our state. Certainly hasn’t been presented as a staff attorney-type job.

I get 20+ recruiters reaching out a week about opportunities with GREAT work-life balance. Either the whole industry is suddenly working casual hours or (more likely) its an easy lie.

I’d be careful.

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In my experience every firm bragging about its WLB has been straight-up lying. Firms that have it don’t flaunt it and you can pick it up by the tone of your interviewers and how stressed they seem (or don’t seem).

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