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I am a 1-2 year lawyer in a large law firm (BigLaw non-US/UK) and feel like I am being under-utilised in my current team/firm. I think the team is too heavily staffed at the junior level which means I’m not getting enough experience for my level. It’s also saturated with competent mid level lawyers who seem to get all the good work before it trickles down. A position has opened at a competitor firm that I am considering applying for. Looking for peoples thoughts - is now the time to leave?

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Cont... I am a little nervous about job security at my current firm given I’ve been relatively slow lately, though (apart from being slow) I have been given no bad reviews or any other signs that would indicate I’m about to be shown the door.

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You will have quieter spells. If you aren’t on track for hours despite trying and there are other reasons you would want to leave then go for it. If there are no other reasons to leave I wouldn’t stress about it. As long as you are asking for work it’s not your fault if you don’t get it (unless everyone else your level seems busy...)

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I get it but it is v hard in UK to get rid of someone even if they are rubbish lol! I doubt that is the case with you at all, and more a case of “being a quiet junior anxiety” which I get on like day 1 of being quiet after being slammed for months!!

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Thanks A1. Definitely asking for work. It seems like everyone else my level is also experiencing these quiet spells... but that doesn’t reassure me about job security.

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