November 20, 2010

When does it make sense to jump

Sometimes, I am asked about when it makes sense to move from one big law firm to another.  I am interested in your thoughts.  In my experience, it makes sense to jump after your second and fifth years — before that may be too early and after that may be too late. Before the end of your second year may be too early (despite the calls from the headhunters) because the odds […]
November 11, 2010

Meet high billable target solely for compensation

No, there are many reasons to work toward meeting the minimum billable hour target for bonuses.  The idea for this post came from reading an article today on the website  concerning Mayer Brown’s new billable hour requirements. I posted the following comment on that site:  My two cents is that it is important to bill the 2000 hours for reasons other than compensation (salary and […]
September 26, 2010

Most important characteristic of a good law firm job?

From my experience, the dream law firm job has decent, thoughtful partners (and associates) who are generally pleasant to work with and learn from.  High quality work is also very important but it seems to me that it would not be enjoyable to work with extremely difficult people no matter how stimulating the projects.  On the other hand, mediocre work with good people does not sound so bad.  Thoughts?
September 23, 2010

Isn’t all about the billable hour?

Recently, a prospective law student asked me this question. To succeed at a big law firm and ultimately make partner, isn’t all about the billable hour? No. It is more than that. The billable hour tally is very important but it is also about the “business” of practicing law which is basically sales — selling yourself to the law firm to land the job, selling yourself […]