I’m leaving biglaw after 3.5 years. The people in my group are fine but never developed a strong bond with anyone including partners (I will be pushed out sooner or later). Also I don’t really like the work (deals and fund investments). Moving to a much smaller firm with slightly lower billable target that pays market. I will be doing more interesting work, in a smaller group where partners seem to care about my growth. God I hope this is a right move.. any advice would be much appreciated.

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Trust your feelings. If you havent found something in it you love, something that, even if you arent sure you'd do it forever, makes you think you might, it's time to move on. The job takes too much of life to do it for more than a few years if all you're really getting out of it is a paycheck. That's the honest truth.


First of all congratulations. What market are you going to be in?

My advice would be to be prepared for the difference! Smaller firms typically mean closer relationships, which you should absolutely take advantage of and actually be more intentional about developing those strong bonds. You’re not getting paid as much so the work environment carrys more weight in determining whether it’s a place you’d like to stay at more long term. Happy hours, lunches, outings are important

Pays market, OP said


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