How hard is it to retool from litigation to corporate? I’m a first year and really don’t enjoy litigating.

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Move quickly! Did you ask your firm if they can transfer you? This year will be the easiest for you. Probably easiest also to go for very busy practices like capital markets

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Firm is pure litigation, so am aggressively looking for an exit. I’ve looked into hot areas like capital markets and M&A but haven’t had much success.

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Run, do not walk. I did it after 2 years. Not easy but not impossible.

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What did you switch to? And did you stay at the same firm?

Hiring slows down in Nov/Dec for holidays/crazy year end closings but will definitely pick back up in Jan/Feb etc with the wave of associates giving notice after they collect their bonus. Keep striking. The (transactional practice) iron is hot.

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Retooled end of 3rd (starting 4th) year, and my only regret was not doing it sooner. The earlier you move, the better! As you get more senior, you become more expensive to train. It took me months to find a firm that was willing to retool me (and/but I’m much happier now).

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Yup!

Don't do cap markets - it will be the end

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