How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

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roranoa
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How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby roranoa » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:03 pm

Just out of plain curiosity,(b/c I don't know exactly how busy lawyers are) would working at BigLaw mean I wouldn't be able to enjoy my hobbies anymore?
I've been doing a couple of sports (boxing and tennis) since I was a kid and have been practicing on a daily basis throughout undergrad. It would be great if I could continue to do this although I don't expect myself to be able to do them everyday. But if I work at Biglaw, would I be so busy that I would be lucky if I can make time for sleep?


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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby quakeroats » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:11 pm

roranoa wrote:I've been doing a couple of sports (boxing and tennis) since I was a kid and have been practicing on a daily basis throughout undergrad, and just out of plain curiosity,(b/c I don't know exactly how busy lawyers are) would working at BigLaw mean I wouldn't be able to enjoy my hobbies anymore? Of course I don't expect myself to be able to do them everyday but...would I be so busy that I would be lucky if I can make time for sleep?


You can squeeze nearly anything in if you want to. Getting to it every day might be a challenge, but finding regular time shouldn't be. You'll be working 60-70 hours a week in big law. Do the math.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby Grizz » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:22 pm

Make your new hobbies billing hours and networking.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby roranoa » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:04 pm

rad law wrote:Make your new hobbies billing hours and networking.


I always imagined that I could network through my hobbies.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby Renzo » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:51 am

roranoa wrote:
rad law wrote:Make your new hobbies billing hours and networking.


I always imagined that I could network through my hobbies.

Are your hobbies golf and/or racquet sports?

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:05 am

You're not grinding 100 hours a week every week in biglaw, even in NYC. The problem is that you have no flexibility. So if your hobbies are something you can be super flexible about, yeah, you'll have time to do them, within reason.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby BunkMoreland » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:43 am

No, you are working from 9:30 to 8 or 9 or so, so anything organized is long since over. Maybe if it's independent exercise at a gym, you could do, but truthfully I'm so exhausted at the end of the day I never feel motivated enough to do it. You may be stronger though!

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby rayiner » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:13 am

BunkMoreland wrote:No, you are working from 9:30 to 8 or 9 or so, so anything organized is long since over. Maybe if it's independent exercise at a gym, you could do, but truthfully I'm so exhausted at the end of the day I never feel motivated enough to do it. You may be stronger though!


Organized anything seems like FTL. Even as an SA I've repeatedly come close to blowing dinner plans.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby bigtttymer » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:34 am

Your best bet is to do these things BEFORE you go into work. Once you show up, your ass is theirs until they let you go, sometimes after midnight.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby roranoa » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:02 am

Renzo wrote:
roranoa wrote:
rad law wrote:Make your new hobbies billing hours and networking.


I always imagined that I could network through my hobbies.

Are your hobbies golf and/or racquet sports?


Do lawyers have time to golf?
I play tennis though.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby quakeroats » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:35 am

roranoa wrote:
Renzo wrote:
roranoa wrote:
rad law wrote:Make your new hobbies billing hours and networking.


I always imagined that I could network through my hobbies.

Are your hobbies golf and/or racquet sports?


Do lawyers have time to golf?
I play tennis though.


Get up at 6. Play tennis till 8. Get to work by 9. Problem solved.

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Re: How likely would one be able to keep their hobbies?

Postby gfunk01 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:39 am

One of my interviewers from Milbank (partner) was an avid scuba diver, which is a hobby I hope to continue along w/ CrossFit. How easy that is, esp when starting as an associate may prove more difficult than like, but hoping can make occassional time to go on some dives.




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