Is work slow this time of the year for anyone else? Have had multiple days in the last month where there was literally nothing for me to work on. Partner said it's like that sometimes... But it just feels strange sitting there and working on nothing all day lol.

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Midlevel here - being very slow during the holiday season is normal, especially in litigation based practices. Unless everyone else in your group is super busy, please do not worry. I know everyone is freaking out about the market and layoffs right now, but lulls are normal so just want to remind you juniors out there to ~relax~

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Myself and many others graduated during a once in a century pandemic … and it ended meaning very busy times! Which I don’t think anyone could have expected in March or April of 2020.

Just take it a day at a time. It’ll be okay. Enjoy the down time, make sure you are available and responsive when work does come in, and you’ll be reminiscing about these few weeks of down time soon enough.

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Stub year (Sept hire) in regulatory. Had a crazy October/Early November, but absolutely nothing the past two weeks. Ik it’s the holiday, but it feels… scary slow rn.

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I’m a junior in bank regulation- same thing

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God i wish. I have been slogging through deal from hell after deal from hell.

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Following this - was hired in Oct as a new grad. Haven't been assigned to a single project yet - was told it's normal

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Spoke too soon and am in the office all weekend working. Life comes at you fast.

This is the worst time of your for corporate / M&A / finance

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No. It’s often difficult to bring stubs into the middle of really busy deals and a lot of the stuff that’s is closing now started before the current stubs started so they were already staffed up

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This is normal. November is a generally slow month. Depending on your area of practice, you should be prepared for an end of the year push or for it to pick up in January.

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I got out of trial last day of October and haven’t had a single billable hour since. I took a vacation for a week and asked for work after I got back. Literally no one wants to see my face rn haha.

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I should have stfu’d worked till 2 am yesterday - I blame OP

Usually super slow for us during this time, too.

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It is usually slow by the end of the year but there is always something to do

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Yep same here

Also following, a stub year billed 10 hours this month m…

Same boat. Stub here

Stub?

The other stubs around me worked the entire thanksgiving. Freaking out a bit here.

I just make sure I say yes to every single request for help that comes through and send out a capacity email to my team once or twice a week. IDK what else to do. Been doing quality work as well.

How do you go about your capacity emails? I just send one-offs to the same two or three seniors who I get most of my work from. Not sure if that’s a solid approach or if I need to send team-wide emails

Stub year. Yet to be staffed on a substantive matter outside of a few one-off research things.

Lol I’m in corporate and billed 15 today (not a brag by any means)

Do you live under a rock?

usually. unless you have a trial that doesn't get pushed

Go watch the World Cup and enjoy it while it lasts.

I do family law, and it does get quiet around the holidays because people generally don’t want to deal with that stuff this time of year, or wait until after holidays to file for divorce. It ebbs and flows. I was really busy in the spring, and January will be busy too I’m sure.

Ditto for consumer bankruptcy. New business plunges after Thanksgiving, but it picks up after New Year’s Day. And then things start getting really busy in February, when tax refunds begin going out (a common way to fund a personal bankruptcy case).

Thankfully I’ve already got enough in the pipeline to keep me semi-busy. To the extent there are slow days, I’m using them to focus on business development so I can continue growing my practice.

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