Two real prongs to this as far as I know:
1) Business Maintenance - you're key to a major account. Work for big partners, work on their deals, clients love you, etc.
2) Business Origination - you bring in a huge client.
Some of this is sales, obviously, but much is legal talent, etc. I would say one key is to maintain all of your law school and undergrad relationships as best you can. Never know where people end up.
In another thread by a small firm lawyer, he mentioned he was given leeway to keep ties and offer discounted rates to start up companies in the hopes of future business for the firm. Does the occur? I know of a few friends and family with businesses on the cusp of pretty sizeable success. How would you handle? (If you were a 1st yr associate, for the sake of this question.)
Anonymous User wrote:I graduated a year early from undergrad, went straight through to law school - so I'm definitely the youngest going through OCI at my school. Is this something that I should have on my resume/highlight (in that I graduated with honors from undergrad, and made LR/top 10% in law school even at this young age) or my age something that would make interviewers second-guess me/my maturity/abilities?
Your trajectory sounds boring. Hopefully you had fun during all of your childhood and school years. But i do suppose you'll be laughing all the way to the bank (compounding interest and all).