Retooling as a first year from securities lit to general corporate in silicon valley. What am I in for in terms of billable hours and learning curve? How common are those 7am-12am days/working weekends?

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I wouldn’t even call it retooling as a first year. You’ll learn new info and skills and apply them, just like lit. You’ll prob do a lot of paper pushing, research, and diligence, just like lit. Communicate well with mid/senior associates and you’ll do great. 7am to 12am happens no matter what group you’re in.

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