What’s life like at Gibson Dunn for Litigation associates? Extra points for thoughts on the IP Litigation group. What are the average hours?

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Can’t speak to lit specifically, but Gibson is definitely not what anyone calls lifestyle. Average hours are high/over the billable requirement. But the free market system is real, if you let go of the pressure to keep up with the Joneses (associates next door) you can really say no to any work for any reason as long as you’re hitting hours and doing good work. To some extent you want to be a team player of course, but you don’t need to be the highest biller in the group to keep your job and do well at Gibson. And plenty of reason to go there, generally nice and super smart people, top notch clients and work (and consequently exit opps), always top of market pay, don’t generally do layoffs etc.

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Makes sense. Thanks a lot!

What life?

Most likely true.

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