kams wrote:Beg to differ. I know a lot of litigation associates who load up early as well.
I always felt like the corporate side was more unpredictable, especially with the economy the way it was the last couple years. If there weren't enough deals going on, it's not like there were a lot of projects to load up on, know what I mean?
If it's slow, it's slow. Doesn't matter which practice you are in. I'm not sure exactly how a young associate in litigation could load up on projects early though. Unless you are working on something relatively fungible, you kind of have to be there when things start moving, vacation or not. Corporate deals end, litigation tends to drag on for years (as Renzo pointed out). You might get lucky and have a gap where you can take vacation, but there were a number of times where I was told that I shouldn't schedule vacation for the next 6 months because the case I was working on was going to have a sequence of deliverables.
I was under the impression that the lifespan of most corporate work was measured in weeks, not in years. Right or wrong?