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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby PMan99 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:52 pm

cron1834 wrote:On the litigation side, is the answer to do pro bono to the extent the firm lets you?


Pro bono can be a very useful tool to get depos, hearings, etc. that you wouldn't necessarily get on a paid case. Also, once you have a depo or two under your belt it's an easier sell to paying clients since they're not training a complete novice anymore.

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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby cron1834 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:51 am

PMan99 wrote:
cron1834 wrote:On the litigation side, is the answer to do pro bono to the extent the firm lets you?


Pro bono can be a very useful tool to get depos, hearings, etc. that you wouldn't necessarily get on a paid case. Also, once you have a depo or two under your belt it's an easier sell to paying clients since they're not training a complete novice anymore.

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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:20 am

tyroneslothrop1 wrote:One person above said if you want substantive experience do insurance defense. I'd say that's probably right. I am a T14 grad who failed into doing employment/public entity representation (think Countys) work. I took a depo within a year, wrote MSJs, argued motions to dismiss in court, and generally was allowed to take on responsibility and run.


I have had the exact same experience.

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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby Nebby » Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:41 am

Work at somewhere else if you want substantive experience early in your career

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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:49 pm

You can find substantive experience within biglaw (using the term broadly), but it's hard. I'm a second year at a west coast startup firm (Fenwick, WSGR, etc), and have run venture capital and other non-M&A deals on my own. On the lit side, I think this would be analogous to working for a boutique of some sort or working within a specialty area of litigation within a biglaw firm. Think long and hard about what practice group you choose--in my opinion it has a much bigger impact on your overall career trajectory than the name of the firm.

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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby 84651846190 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:23 pm

Nebby wrote:Work at somewhere else if you want substantive experience early in your career


In other words, don't do litigation at a giant biglaw firm that primarily takes on huge matters.
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Re: Possible to not gain any real experience in biglaw?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:52 pm

ExBiglawAssociate wrote:
Nebby wrote:Work at somewhere else if you want substantive experience early in your career


In other words, don't do litigation at a giant biglaw firm that primary takes on huge matters.


I work in bigly in a secondary market. And, not surprisingly, do products liability, which is basically higher end id. I have gotten tons of experience and i love it so far. Got really lucky to fall into it tbh.



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