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Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby ThreeRivers » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:16 am

If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby 09042014 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:21 am

ThreeRivers wrote:If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)


Is there even a golf course on manhattan?

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby gaud » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:22 am

Not knowing how to play may work in your favor. They may be happier when they win.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby ThreeRivers » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:26 am

gaud wrote:Not knowing how to play may work in your favor. They may be happier when they win.

Lol obviously I know they aren't going to judge to offer someone a job or not on how well they play, but I'm wondering if being the guy who hit the ball 6 inches off the tee / lost 49 balls would be detrimental.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby LawIdiot86 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:37 am

Desert Fox wrote:
ThreeRivers wrote:If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)


Is there even a golf course on manhattan?

http://www.chelseapiers.com/gc/overview/index.cfm sort of counts, but not really.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby gaud » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:44 am

ThreeRivers wrote:
gaud wrote:Not knowing how to play may work in your favor. They may be happier when they win.

Lol obviously I know they aren't going to judge to offer someone a job or not on how well they play, but I'm wondering if being the guy who hit the ball 6 inches off the tee / lost 49 balls would be detrimental.


I'm going to say it won't matter. I haven't played golf with biglawlers... but I have played golf with some big time businessmen quite a few times with my SO's father. I'm not too good and generally it becomes more entertaining than embarrassing.

No one has ever seemed to care nor has it ever bothered any of them.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby concurrent fork » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:46 am

Depending on the firm, there might be a summer golf outing that SAs are supposed to attend. No one cares if you're bad -- just know the basic etiquette like not walking in front of someone's ball on the green.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:06 am

Is it curious on? Or is it curious about?
Serious question.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby PurplePirate » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:11 am

Anonymous User wrote:Is it curious on? Or is it curious about?
Serious question.


Nice use of Anon function

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby srfngdd6 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:17 am

ThreeRivers wrote:If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)


It cant hurt to have a set of clubs and know how to play...you can solid used clubs for less than $100 and if you shop around you can get a cheap lesson or two and be reasonably competent to play on a course

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby dingbat » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:36 am

srfngdd6 wrote:
ThreeRivers wrote:If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)


It cant hurt to have a set of clubs and know how to play...you can solid used clubs for less than $100 and if you shop around you can get a cheap lesson or two and be reasonably competent to play on a course

How about $5 at a garage sale?

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby Sup Kid » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:41 pm

Somewhat relevant: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=155445&start=25 (scroll down a little bit to see the golf posts)

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby ThreeRivers » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:45 pm

Thanks for all the replies!

I'm actually surprised, I thought this thread would lead to a bunch of troll responses so I do appreciate all the input

I think I'm not going to worry about it too much, and buy a cheap set / take a couple lessons if I find out about any golfing type event.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby theduffman » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:39 pm

gaud wrote:Not knowing how to play may work in your favor. They may be happier when they win.



I like you

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby JoeFish » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:11 am

ThreeRivers wrote:If one is interested in eventually working in biglaw, is learning to golf a requirement? I ask because I know a large part of biglaw is if firms feel you can bring in business and a lot of business occurs on golf courses. If I'm a male should I eventually buy a set of clubs, take lessons, etc... or will no one care?

<Has never played anything outside of minituare golf on corny high school dates 8)


You owe it to yourself to figure this out before you start working anywhere...

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby wiseowl » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:05 am

It gave an extra chance to talk to partners and senior associates during my SA because a group of us would go play 1-2 times a week during the summer, but if I hadn't played, it wouldn't have mattered. The whole firm "golf outing" had been hyped all summer and then the day of everyone but one partner and two associates begged off.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby nealric » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:04 pm

NY big law associate here.

Nobody plays golf. I can't think of a single associate who does on a remotely regular basis. A small handful of partners are into it, but they won't invite you to play.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby kaiser » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:09 pm

Why do so many people ask this same stupid fucking question?

(No offense OP, its definitely not just you, and at least your thread title shows that you know its a silly question)

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby 09042014 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:59 pm

kaiser wrote:Why do so many people ask this same stupid fucking question?

(No offense OP, its definitely not just you, and at least your thread title shows that you know its a silly question)


It's not stupid if you don't know much about the culture of big law.

A lot of deal making is gone on the gulf course in non-striver fields.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby desertlaw » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:18 pm

From what I've heard, I think the golfing thing only applies to southern and west-coast firms. Not sure about D.C.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:37 pm

My Midwest, midlaw firm last year was *really* big on golf. It's a good, neutral topic to talk about that's slightly more interesting than the weather and slightly less contentious than the local sports team.

I have never played golf in my life. I'm so glad I'll be in New York this summer.

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Re: Amazingly stupid question, but 1 that I'm curious on

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:40 pm

I'm in NY, and will be summering here, and while people talk about some immensely douchey things on a consistent basis, golf is never among them.




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