After clerking for four years in state court, I am starting my first associate job in a mid-sized firm’s commercial lit group. I believe the work will be pretty varied with a range of contract, class action, employment, and insurance disputes. I am anxious to do well. Any practice guides or other resources you’d recommend to a new associate who’s no longer a new lawyer?
Do you think it's easier to find a mentor or advocate as an Account person or a creative? Personally, I think creative teams/networks are closer that account and Strategy teams
Sometime in the future...
I struggle like crazy staying on track for billable hours. I will work 10.5 hours and look back at my day and 6 of it was billable. Tips for doing better about this?? I have minimums to meet and this is not sustainable
Following on from the other thread ☺️ any ladies in Austin that want to grab brunch, or lunch, drinks, or dinner?
I’m Looking for a flexible 100% globally Remote opportunity in either of these:
Any help would be greatly appreciated🙏
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About to lose BA Silver. Was 100 points or so short last tier point year. Anyone had experience of getting BA to make an exception and let you keep it for being a ‘loyal’ customer?
Any nurses currently working at NIH?I have 5 years of research experience and year and half experience as nurse working at the VA. Been trying to get to NIH for awhile. Any advice?
Received an offer from Firm X but not in preferred location. Firm Y recently reached out to express interest in interviewing me and asked me to keep them in the loop of where I am in the process. Should I let firm Y know about the offer or would it back fire? If so, how to word it nicely? Am more interested in firm Y because of the location, but worried that with the processes being far apart in terms of timeline, I won't finish with Y's process before I'm set to respond on existing offer.
Comp question - what should a B4 Senior with a CPA, CFF, CFE, and a MBA with 4 years forensic exp (D&T) and 6+ years non-forensic exp (industry) in NYC and DC markets expect in this current climate?
Anyone ever applied to Barclay's successfully? I am not able to create account on their portal since a week
Will be Facebook be dropped from FAANG?
M3 here from EY London (officially we don't have micro grades anymore) and considering a move to EY Australia but as an SM.
Have you or anyone you know done this before?
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How do you bill texting with a client? Do you do a .1 for each message and response or block it by how long the conversation took total? So like if you texted for 30 mins, .5.
Also yes it is v annoying to text with clients I already know that and am working on my boundaries speech for this particular one. Until then.. billing help plz.
I can’t get myself to work unless I absolutely have to. I’ve been like this for months. Hours frequently at 130-150 a month. Firm expects at least 180. Help.
Anyone on income based loan repayment? Can’t decide whether to try to pay off ASAP Dave Ramsey-style or pay as little as possible, let interest balloon and have the balance “forgiven.” Both seem equally bad at this point (> $200k in loans), especially when income is projected to increase over time. Thoughts?
Fish who have a billable hour requirement of 2,200 or over. Is it manageable or do you hate your life? Transitioning from transactional to litigation and this was the offer from a firm I’m considering.
Parents: how soon after your spouse giving birth and your baby coming home would you consider lateraling to biglaw? Consider for this that you only get a few weeks of paternity leave.
Any lawyer-ish phrases you don’t like?
Currently on top of my list - this begs the question
Can any plaintiff side securities litigation associates speak to typical base and total comp? I understand it can vary quite a bit by year but would appreciate a general range.
Hello! Anyone at Amazon willing to chat and offer a referral? I’m trying to apply for contracts manager or policy roles. Happy to share my CV for you to review beforehand. Thank you
Managing Partner: I heard it’s your birthday today.
Me, a dumb little Associate: it is.
MP: Well, Happy Birthday.
Me, a dumb little Associate: Thanks, you too.
MP:……awkwardly looks at me with confusion….
Me:…realizing what I just said..it’s not his Bday…slowly wishing I could just die rather than deal with the awkwardness.
Someone point me to the nearest bridge, I am so awkward.
I haven’t had a raise in 18 months. I have a review coming up in a few months. Our firm does not believe in raises - they push the bonus structure. I have been working my ass off - working up cases, for a couple settlements completed, and working another settlement. I need some advice - should I give them a number for a raise or let them decide and possibly undervalue me.
I know it’s easy to be snarky on these forums particularly hiding behind the anonymous feature but can we be better than that? People come here to anonymously ask “stupid” questions that they may not feel comfortable asking their supervisor. Personally I’ve found as a new attorney with the ever so omnipresent imposter syndrome this forum can be a great resource! The trolling or condescending comments aren’t helpful. If the contribution isn’t helpful please just scroll on.
i feel like first-years are set up to fail at my firm. does anyone else feel similarly? i have partners telling me to ask when i’m unsure and to admit when i don’t know things but then getting annoyed when i ask questions or admit i don’t know things. am i just supposed to accept everyone’s going to be annoyed by me for 2-3 years until i learn the basics by screwing up every first draft?
I’ve been in big law for almost three years now and I find it remarkable that we never have conversations about whether our work is unethical, whether our clients have a net negative impact on society, or whether we as individuals-through our work-are leaving the world a worse place than we found it.
I am considering switching practice areas. I currently practice in personal injury litigation on the defense side. I have been in the PI practice in some way, shape or form for the last 9 years. However, I think it’s time for a change for me. I have always found trust and estate work to be interesting and would like to transition into that area of practice, on both the litigation and planning end of it. I am looking for guidance as to how to switch over. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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