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Is going to a small firm actually worth it for WLB or is it just taking a pay cut to have substantially the same hours/stress levels? Considering a move to a smaller firm for mental health but not sure if it’ll end up being more of the same. Are there things to look for when looking into smaller firms?

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Not experienced enough to go in house unfortunately but would if I could.

It depends on the firm but more importantly the practice area. Capital Markets/M&A have similar time pressures and fire drills wherever you are (although at a smaller firm there may be less volume). I came from a smaller, well regarded NYC firm and moved to Biglaw in capital markets. I have a better quality of life in Biglaw (albeit just slightly) with significantly better comp. If moving to a smaller firm I’d look at the type of clients they have and if transactional ask how deals are staffed.

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Depends on the firm. Some are more work, some are less.

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Shoot me a DM - I’m a recent attorney turned legal recruiter and believe I can assist you in this area.

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