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The day is finally here. IT has set you up with a brand-new laptop, you’ve decked out your home office, you’ve done a tech check, and you’re ready to get to work. Congrats on starting your job as a first-year Biglaw associate! Once new associate orientation and training is over, it’s go time. So you […]

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What does Biglaw expect from its first-year associates? This is the million-dollar question and what every incoming associate wants to know. Despite all of the information available online, Biglaw remains somewhat of a mystery for many law students. I think part of this is because a lot of the information that is available is put […]

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Setting boundaries in Biglaw is such a controversial topic. I have a LOT of thoughts about it because it can be so hard to do. But it can be done – in a way. I’ve recently heard from so many Biglaw associates who are really struggling with setting boundaries, so I wanted to share my […]

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Besides a brief period of time in the mid-1990s when Patrick Ewing, John Starks and the rest of the New York Knicks seemed like they might truly have a chance of bringing glory back to New York, I’ve never been a real fan of the NBA. Nevertheless, since I grew up in the 80s and […]

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Biglaw Clients and Gym Customers: What’s the Difference? Turns Out, Not Much The more I’ve written about my contrasting experiences of working in Biglaw and working at the gym (for a quick recap, check out this post and this one), the more I find myself thinking about new aspects of those jobs to write about. […]

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Law school can and will prepare you for the “real world” – if you focus on developing these skills   If you are a law student, you probably have heard, either before you started school or during school itself, that law school doesn’t actually prepare you for the “real” world.  Nothing you learn at school […]

My First Career   Before I was a Biglaw associate, my first career was actually that of entrepreneur. Well, let me take a few steps back. A few giant steps back.  As a little kid, I loved baking cookies with my mom so much that when I was about seven years old, I turned my […]

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Expect a Tough Few Years   The first few years of your corporate career can be tough and Biglaw is no exception.  In fact, I’d argue that working at a law firm is one of the most demanding corporate jobs you can have (so demanding that it totally burned me out by the end of […]

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Bring In Cupcakes!   I have been fortunate enough never to have received any objectively terrible career advice. Looking back, however, there is one piece of advice I received in law school that influenced a lot of my years in Biglaw that I wish I hadn’t followed. I’m going to share […]

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