Question: How do I know that my firm is the problem? Will I be happier at another firm, or are they all just basically the same? READ MORE >
Article type: Staying Employed as an Attorney, Thriving Within a Firm, Lateral Transfers, Legal Career Advice and Options, Choosing a Small or Large Law Firm, Law Firms and Firm Culture, Advice on Moving Up as an Attorney, Associate Q & A
Question:I am a fifth year associate and I am in the process of looking for a new position. How can I look for a new job without “burning bridges” with my current employer? READ MORE >
Question: Is work-life balance a realistic goal at “biglaw” firms? I just became a parent and I’m having a hard time managing work and family. My firm has a reputation for being one of the top firms to work for – what gives? READ MORE >
I have worked very hard the last four years to get top grades at a top tier school, work on Law Review, and get an offer from my favorite, prestigious, top-ranked firm. I have worked here ten months, love the firm, love the practice group I am in, and I'm getting good reviews. My fiance feels that this is the time for me to move to his city so we can get serious about our commitment, marry and settle down. Of course, I'm committed to my fiance but I realize that big firms value longevity, and a serious focus on career. What is this move going to do to my professional opportunities? READ MORE >
I am a first-year litigation associate at what many consider to be a top (and difficult) firm. I am stuck working closely with two very difficult partners that always criticize my work and rarely give me any positive feedback. I know that my work quality is not that horrible because other partners have told me that they heard my work product is very good and that these two partners are notoriously difficult to work with. I went to a great law school and graduated at the top of my class, but I am starting to doubt my intelligence and feel pretty miserable. I have started getting anxiety each time I have to hand in an assignment or answer questions, and I feel like my anxiety is starting to impact my performance. I am reluctant to tell my colleagues how bad my situation truly is for fear of being seen as a complainer or a failure. Is this what many big-firm associates deal with? Will I have to just suck it up? Please don't print my name or city. (If you can't tell, I am just slightly paranoid!) READ MORE >
There has been no rash of pink slips at major Boston firms, and by most reasonable standards lawyers at large firms still work long hours.
But make no mistake about it: There are signs that the legal market is slowing. Corporate legal work is down and lateral hiring has become more selective. READ MORE >
Once upon a time, law school graduates could join a firm right out of school, work hard for several years, do great legal work and expect to become a partner at the same firm.
About 20 years ago the world began to change, and today few junior associates at major firms have any real expectation of being elevated to member. READ MORE >
So you've taken CivPro, CrimPro, ConLaw, and Corps. You know your way in and around the codes, cases, and statutes (you always check the pocket part). You've mastered the research memorandum and oral argument in moot court. You know the Blue Book rules down to the last punctuation mark. BAR/BRI review books were your only reading material for months (okay, maybe you perused the sports page or the living section for a quick break). But now, you are going in to the firm every day, you are expected to be a "junior associate," and you have no idea what that means. Here a few tips to carry you through the day-to-day grind until you can prove you really were paying attention in law school. READ MORE >
The New Year is a good time to reflect on our lives. What did we do well over the past 12 months? Where did we fall short in our personal and professional lives? How can we improve ourselves in the coming year? And most importantly, what changes are we actually going to make? READ MORE >
The media has tremendous power to magnify economic trends. When dot-com mania ruled, we read about lawyers and other professionals joining start-up companies in droves. There was a pervasive message that an epidemic of lawyers were leaving law-firm practice in search of stock options, subsequent wealth and early retirement. READ MORE >
If you believe what you read in the popular and legal press, career satisfaction is woefully lacking for most attorneys. While I encounter a lot of this dissatisfaction in my own coaching and recruiting practice, I also speak to many lawyers who actually like what they do. READ MORE >