Anonymous User wrote:bdubs wrote:Fresh Prince wrote:funstuff wrote:Can anyone substantiate his claims? I've heard varying things on the predictability of work for corp/lit.
Litigation is way more predictable than corporate. Because you know the filing dates and hearing dates for your cases (or, at least, you SHOULD know them), you also know where the peaks and valleys are. In corporate, on the other hand, you could find yourself doing nothing for a week and then, suddenly, on Friday at 5pm, you lose your weekend because a client wants a deal closed on Monday.
Deadlines for litigation almost never hold in large cases. The pretrial conference schedule is set and then 2 days before a big deadline one side (or both) will request an extension. This means you work like crazy only to have to do it all again in 2 months. Judges also have great habits of changing the schedule when they don't like it, decide they want to take a vacation, or have a conflict with another case.
I would be very surprised if litigation were more predictable than corporate, but I haven't had involvement with the legal side of transactional work before.
Aren't you a 1L?
Lol @ calling me out as a 1L anonymously.
Yes, I am a 1L but I worked in a litigation environment for 5 years before I came to school. I am familiar enough with the fire drills to know that the hours can be awful.
I also did some banking work, but, like I said, I never had to deal with the legal side. Even though I never dealt with the closing itself, it never seemed like we needed to push it to a certain day unless it was known well in advance (closing before quarter or year end, etc...) The emphasis was always on getting it done ASAP though.