Second year litigation associate here with an opportunity to transition to a corporate transactional role. Has anyone made a similar transition? What were some of the chief differences that you wish you knew/considered before making the move?

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Noted. The nature of the work seems very different (everything from resources to deliverables). I’m cautious not to undermine my competence, but I recognize that there’s a lot that I just won’t know off hand. Thanks!

Your life will get more unpredictable and chaotic. Even if it’s same hours total, you will have less control.

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Got it. My current practice is unpredictable with quick-turnaround deliverables as well— but I think it’s mostly attributable to the partners’ project-management/communication styles (and mediation that pushes deadlines around, etc.). As a junior, I’ve found it hard to “manage up” and gauge my workflow. And there aren’t too many mid-levels to shadow/mimic.

It’s possible/likely that my experience with (and frankly, distaste of) litigation is skewed, and my view of transactional work is somewhat idealistic.

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