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?
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.
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.
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.
November 23, 2010

How many years of service should I be credited upon joining a big firm

I am asked this question a lot by people leaving one job (that is not a big firm) and joining a big firm.
December 11, 2010

What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School

Here is a link to a very helpful article (appearing in this month’s Washington Lawyer magazine) providing twenty-five suggestions that can help you thrive in private practice.
December 11, 2010

Business development

Above the law recently posted a good article on business development. Check it out here.
December 14, 2010

Do not let rejection letters stop you from pursuing “dream” firm

Thank you for your interest in the D.C. office of ___________. Although we were impressed with your qualifications, I regret to advise you that we are unable to consider your application at this time.
December 18, 2010

Why work at a big law firm

A reasonable question. Everyone has their reasons. Sally Kane provides 15 in her article on (linked here), some of them more compelling then others.
January 8, 2011

What should I be doing in my fifth year as a big firm associate

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a fifth year associate at a big NY law firm. He seemed to be doing a lot of the right things and it occurred to me that others similarly situated may have the same questions.
February 5, 2011

Non-partnership track

A quick post about alternative tracks at big law firms. In the current environment, law firms are offering associates what sounds like a great deal to some people.
February 7, 2011

Face time at the big firm

LegalJob received this question which was answered in today’s Monday Mailbag series. Q: How important is face time at the big firm?