Transactioanl associates — at what year did you actually start negotiating agreements and doing the heavy drafting?

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3rd or 4th, with a big shift toward running negotiations during year 4.


I think it depends on what you mean. Just literally negotiating and drafting, first year.

2nd, but I was in venture and was a paralegal for many years pre- law school.

I do heavy drafting right now as a first year, but I clerked under a named partner for a year before I graduated. As far as negotiations go, I’m allowed to sit in the room during conference calls, but I don’t speak other than to introduce myself.

I’m 9 months in and am drafting various agreements and governance documents with much less oversight now. Like the above, I’m not engaged in negotiations during calls but am expected to prepare written responses to comments and revisions by opposing counsel.

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