Which group do you choose?

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Which group do you choose?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:26 am

Let's imagine that you are working as a 2L SA, and you are 100% interested in pursuing litigation. Let's also imagine that you have been told that you likely can choose between Environmental/Toxic Tort/Product Liability/Etc. or Business/Complex Commercial/Securities/Antitrust/Etc. for a permanent offer. You like the people in both groups overall and you've enjoyed the work you've done in both groups this summer; however, the group where you like the people best may also be the group where you like the work the least... but only marginally. Which would you pick?

Consider: exit options, quality of life, potential for advancement, etc....

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Re: Which group do you choose?

Postby TooOld4This » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:55 pm

1. People
2. Exit opportunities
3. Subject matter

In that order, unless subject matter is so intolerable that you think it will drive you to quit.

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Re: Which group do you choose?

Postby anonymous2012 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:58 pm

I'd consider how busy people are. Busy = job security.

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Re: Which group do you choose?

Postby TooOld4This » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:03 pm

anonymous2012 wrote:I'd consider how busy people are. Busy = job security.


Not really. In the time between accepting an offer and starting work the entire playing field can change. The best way to get job security is to do good work. Partners talk. If one group slows and you have a good reputation, you can usually find a new home. Once you actually start work, keeping an eye on the political winds is a good idea, but at this point current level of work won't tell you much. (Assuming the OP is smart enough not to be considering a practice group that people already have concerns about.)




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